A late 19th century portrait lithograph by Franz Hanfstaengl (German,1804-1877) after Old Master Giovanni Battista Moroni's (Italian, 1529–1578) painting "Portrait of a Man holding a Letter" ('L'Avvocato'). Circa 1860.
The subject in a seated position wearing a Renaissance costume and sporting a beard with sideburn in a seemingly "squinching" pose. This lithographic print of Morroni's artwork has been executed perfectly in flawless method by Franz Hanfstaengl and the mixing and gradations of colour of this antique print is fantastic. Printed in Munich and stamp by Franz Hanfstaengl Collection London. Framed in original 19th century Franz Hanfstaengl black wooden frame, with framer's label on verso that reads: Franz Hanfstaengl Fine Art Publisher, 16 Pall Mall East London.
Franz Hanfstaengl (1804-1877) founded a lithographic firm in Munich in 1833, he studied from 1819 to 1825 at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. He was a court photographer and produced portraits of distinguished persons, amongst others of the young King Ludwig II. He not only duplicated portraits, but also devoted himself explicitly to the reproduction of art. His art firm developed into an international company with branches in London and New York. Hanfstaengl won for himself much popularity as the portrait lithographer of Munich society, being nicknamed 'Count Litho'. In 1858 Hanfstaengl tutored renowned French photographer Antoine Samuel Adam-Salomon.
Condition; In Its original frame behind glass with wood backing, hanging wire on verso. Measures 12" high x 10" wide. Photographed behind the glass in the frame with some diffusion and reflections in the photos. Some minor damage to the frame and might need reframing. The lithograph is in very good condition.
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