Update Lortzing portraits.

My latest but not-too-recent (I have been very busy) post about the acquisition of some Lortzing portraits at the Lippische Landesbibliothek, Detmold (Germany) had a nice consequence. Dr. Eberhardt, manager of the Landesbibliothek, read my blogpost and offered to send me some scans of the original portraits of Lortzing to improve the quality of my website.

For my Gallery of Lortzing Portraits I am usually restricted to using scans of images from books, like the biographies by Christian Worbs and Heinz Schirmag, but the scans of the originals are of course of much higher quality.

So: thank you, mr. Eberhardt!

The most obvious improvement is the Engraving after a drawing by C. Scheuchzer, of which I will juxtapose here the older version (taken from the biograpy by H.Chr. Worbs) and the new one (Lippische Landesbibliothek, Mus-Lb 1W1), so you can convince yourself.

Another interesting scan I received from mr. Eberhardt, was a portait of Lortzing with moustache. It could be interesting to do some research on this image, because it has also been printed in color as a postcard by BKWI (Brüder Kohn), Vienna as part of a series of composer portraits. And, it is quite similar to the painted portrait of Lortzing, probably in 1825 by Lortzing’s oncle Johann Friedrich Lortzing (1782 – 1851), who lived in Berlin.

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