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Bremen  Monumental

Bremen – Schilling, Rudolph Ernst (Brunswick 1728 – Bremen 1774). PERSPECTIVISCHER (sic!) VORSTELLVNGEN der Kaiserlichen freien Reichs und Ansee Stadt BREMEN / Erstes Stück (PERSPECTIVE REPRESENTATIONS of the Imperial and Hanse City BREMEN / First Piece [all]). View of the Weser from the Aschenburg front left to the Neustädter Kirche on the right and the Great and Little Weser Bridge in-between. On the water numerous boats & sailing ships. Among the former two salmon catchers at both ends of the gillnet set across the stream, of the latter three dominantly in the foreground, one of which downright sailing out of the picture towards the beholder. Engraving by Anton August Beck (1713 Brunswick 1787). Inscribed in German: designed and drawn by R. E. Schilling, Ingen. Lieutn. et Architecte. 1767. / in copper engraved by Ant. Aug. Beck, in Brunswick., otherwise as above and below. 22½ × 38¾ in (57 × 98.5 cm).

Schwarzwälder 74; Thieme-Becker XXX, 71 & III, 136. – Very fine impression with margins 1.4-3 cm wide. This as also the wide white platemark itself in mainly just both the two lateral parts – and foremost outside of the subject – variedly stained. Partially tiny(est) done margin tears as with such sizes as hardly avoidable as the three fairly smoothed out vertical folds perceptible anymore practically only in the sky part with its rich cloud formation.


Rudolph Ernst Schilling, Bremen


by the engineer captain Schilling, in Bremian employ since 1765, who distinguished himself not only by engraved and drawn ground plans and views, but also by his treatise on the de-icing of the Weser published 1772. Present work in its fidelity to detail explained by a-x

“ bears the designation ‘First Piece’; thus it was intended to have further pieces follow. Yet nothing come of it ”

(Schwarzwälder). – In the lower margin identified by name :

The Aschenburg – The New Corn House – The Schlachte together with those buildings there – Water Pump Rooms – Ferry House with the Ferryboat – The Great Crane – Ansgarü Watering-place – The Krucken Stock Exchange – Tower of the Cloister’s Church – St. Martini – Preacher’s House at St. Mart. – The Old Corn House – The Bridge Gate – The Water Wheel – The Great Weser Bridge together with those Boat Mills there – The Tar Yard – Crane for the Hoisting of the Buoys – The Brautwall – The Little Weser Bridge – Neustadt Pond together with those Buildings there – Neustadt Church – The Salmon Catching .

In the Brunswick engraver Beck, 1765 appointed court engraver by duke Charles I of Brunswick-Luneburg, Schilling found his adequate partner, whose essential works on his part were just architectural and town views. Trained by his stepfather Johann Georg Schmidt

“ for a capable artist … of the three mentioned (father, stepfather, son) (he) is the most superior engraver … the works of the younger Beck (have) value still today. Quite especially he was interested in his hometown Brunswick which owes to him many superb larger and smaller views ”

(Ferdinand Spehr, Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie II, p. 215).

Here then in co-operation with the Brunswicker Schilling their


in  its  atmospherically  illuminated  chiaroscuro ,

remained unknown Tooley’s Dictionary (1979), there only his Plan de la ville de Bronsic of 1759 and the Scottish Stadt Inverness of 1760. Utterly missing, however, Schilling.

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