8 July 1999
Friedrich von Amerling (Vienna 1803 - 1887)
Portrait of the engraver Franz Xaver Stber, head-and-shoulders
signed and dated 'F v Amerling/1837' (centre right)
oil on canvas
16.1/8 x 13 in. (41 x 33 cm.)
Rothschild inv. no. LR89.
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Catalogue of the sterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, p. 47, illustrated.
Vienna, sterreichische Galerie Belvedere, since 1947, no. 4262.
An etcher and an engraver by trade, Franz Xaver Stber was born in 1795 in Vienna, where he died in 1858. Stber began studying under his father Joseph and continued his training with Hubert Maurer at the Vienna Academy. In 1829 he invented and patented a method of colour printing on copper and steel plates. A member of the Academy from 1835, Stber taught copper engraving there from 1844.
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