LUDWIG HANS FISCHER (1848-1915)
OTTOMANS IN A TEA GARDEN ON THE BOSPHORUS
With a coastal landscape study verso
Signed l.l. Ludwig Hans Fischer
27 x 47.7 cm
Fischer studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Eduard von Lichtenfels, as well as learning engraving and etching under Louis Jacobt and William Unger. In c.1875, he embarked on an extensive tour of Italy, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine and India, before returning to Vienna where he published a sketchbook in print of his Middle-Eastern and Levantine views. In 1879 he followed this up with another published sketchbook of views from Turkey, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Another of Fischer’s popular publications was the set of prints titled Historical Landscapes from Austria-Hungary, which featured views from across the Empire and was very much in the manner of earlier British topographical artists like David Roberts or J.D. Harding.
Fischer was also a prolific author, publishing books on a variety of topics including the practice of painting, Die Technik der Aquarellmalerei (The Technique of Watercolour, 1888), Die Technik der Ölmalerei (The Technique of Oil Painting, 1911). He wrote travel books, which featured his own illustrations, and also penned several more specialist ethnographic works, Indischer Volksschmuck und die Art ihn zu tragen (Indian Folk Jewelry and How to Wear It, 1890) and Eine neolitische Ansiedelung in Wien (Ober-St. Veit), Gemeindeberg (A Neolithic Settlement in Vienna (Upper St. Veit), 1898).