I did not remove the pictures from the frames- the frames are in good condition with bubble glass and original paper backing. These are very old and beautiful. The pictures are 8" x 10" (14.5 x 12.5 in frame). One (the one with the lady) has H.G. Jenksh as the original painter. The second picture only shows the copyright date and the artist may be covered up . However because they are both of similar theme and appearance I will guarantee that both are Franz Hanfstaengl prints. A little history on Franz Hanfstaengl originated from a commoner family and in 1816 came on the recommendation of the town-school-teachers into the drawing-class of the leave-day school at Munich led by Hermann Josef Mitterer. He was instructed in lithography, he had contact with Alois Senefelder and studied from 1819 to 1825 at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. In 1826, he went to Dresden and began his great work, completed in 1852, of copying in lithograph the canvases of the Dresden Gallery. Between 1835 and 1852 Hanfstängl brought out about 200 lithographic reproductions of masterworks from the Dresden picture-gallery, and published them in a portfolio. In 1833 he founded in Munich a lithographic establishment of his own, which he operated until 1868, and to which he later attached a fine art printing shop and (in 1853) a photographic workshop. Hanfstaengl won for himself much popularity as the portrait lithographer of Munich society, being nicknamed 'Count Litho'
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