Brenner – Beaumont, Jean François Albanis de (Chambéry 1755 – 1812). The Summit of the Brenner Mountain. The ascent to the Brenner Pass north of Gossensaß to the top of the pass. In the foreground the cascading Eisack, to the right the famous great Roman street, called Imperial Street in the Middle Ages, winds up to the pass, in the picture here used by wanderers and horsemen. In the background Kreuzjoch. Aquatint printed in brown by Cornelis Apostool (1762 Amsterdam 1844). 1792. Inscribed: A. Beaumont delin. / C. Apostool Sculp. / Published as the Act directs, Jany. 1. 1792. by T. & G. Egerton, Whitehall, for the Author, title as above. 12½ × 17⅝ in (31.8 × 44.9 cm).
Egg 184 + plate 120. – Interesting representation of the Brenner in the wide-margined impression of the 1st edition on buff Whatman paper.
Sir Albanis distinguishes himself as draughtsman, engraver in aquatint, and landscapist as well as architect. Hailing from the Piedmont he was naturalized in England. Egg says about him:
“ Publishes a large number of views from Italy and the Alps between 1787 and 1806 which he partly engraves himself in aquatint manner and partly lets be engraved by Cornelis Apostool. His engravings belong
to the earliest representations of pure mountainscapes from the Tyrol … ”
Apostool, painter, draughtsman and engraver, but, like Goethe, rather to be reckoned among the so-called amateur artists, received his education at the Amsterdam Drawing Academy (1784-1786) by the landscapist Hendrik Meijer, whom subsequently he accompanied to England, where he lived many years in London. His c. 80
fine landscape aquatints esteemed by the connoisseurs ,
frequently after Netherlandish masters and the Alpine travel sketches of Sir Albanis de Beaumont, were published in several sets between 1790 and 1795. They are the result of that period artistically so extraordinarily fertilizing to him. In later years he worked for diversion only anymore.
Simultaneously, as also still later, he worked for the Netherlandish government, on behalf of which he travelled to New York, France and repeatedly back to England.
1807 finally back in Amsterdam he became first director of the Royal Museum there the following year and member of the Royal Institute for Sciences, Literature, and Fine Arts. 1816 Knight of the Order of the Netherlandish Lion.
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“ Tyrol in Selected Subjects ”
(Herr K. O., 6. Februar 2009)