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The Valley of the Moselle at Kobern

Kobern, The Valley of the Moselle at. (Rhenish Slate Mountains.) On the ridge on the left leading to the castle in the center of the subject above the place vineyards, behind vista into the valley of the Moselle. Wood engraving after a photograph by Anselm Schmitz (1831/39-1903) in Cologne at Richard Henkel. (1886.) Inscribed: R. Henkel X. A., otherwise in German as above. 5½ × 7⅞ in (13.9 × 19.9 cm).

“ If temporally and financially it is not worthwhile to send special reporters … however, on the other hand the effort prevails to ‘illustrate all remarkable events by pictorial representation’, so (more and more it has to be resorted to copies) which are available in increasing numbers: photographs. Not only their more effortless availability, also the changed taste of the audience helped photography to growing importance in xylography …

Photography as new invention

becomes that interesting for the general audience that it puts its stamp on other traditional illustration techniques, too ”

(Osteneck, Zur xylographischen Darstellung im 19. Jahrhundert, in Lüneburger Beiträge zur Vedutenforschung, pp. 120 ff.).

Through which at the same time the previous “for ever recurrent stereotypy (of perspectives criticised by Osteneck) was avoided” and so only frequently rare places and details came into sight.

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„ Sie haben wieder einmal in unverkennbarer Weise Ihr Unternehmen und Ihre Philosophie dargeboten. Ich wünsche Ihnen – beiden – auch in diesem Jahr viel Erfolg und Gefolgschaft von Ihren alten und hoffentlich auch neuen Kunden und natürlich auch persönliches Wohlergehen … “

(Herr D. L., 4. Januar 2010)