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    Conrad Casper Rordorf - Birds-eye View Panorama Der Stadt Neu-Braunfels in Texas Aufgenommen Von Der Sudweisteseite in Sommer 1847. Berlin: Lithographed by J. Tempeltey, Printed by Delius Brothers, 1851. Tinted lithograph, in two attached sections, image size 16 x 97 cm. with ample margins. Fine copy. A large and handsome panoramic view of the town of New Braunfels, Texas, described by Ron Tyler in his book on Texas lithographs as "one of the handsomest of all Pre-Civil War lithographs of Texas." The view was produced by the nobleman who founded extensive German settlements in Texas in the 1840s and 1850s. Chief among them was New Braunfels, the largest town in the German colony. The town was named for prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, the first President of the Adelsverein. The view shows the town of New Braunfels from a hill south of town, an observation point which the German traveler, Dr. Ferdinand Roemer, described as offering "a beautiful and commanding view of the whole town, and of the neighboring hills, forests, and valleys and several miles around." The view looks north from this vantage point to the town spread out across a plain, bounded on the north by the watercourse of Comal Creek. A man lounges in the foreground, livestock grazes, and several travelers are on the roads from town. The whole town lies under the cloud-banked sky of a still Texas summer day. The artist who drew the panorama was Conrad Casper Rordorf, a German engraver and watercolorist born in Zurich in 1800. He went to Texas in the mid-1840s and died violently the same year he drew the scene of New Braunfels, shot in a dispute over land. He was probably commissioned to do the panorama by the Adelsverein. This exceptional lithograph is quite rare. Courtesy of Michael Heaston, Austin. Consigned Lot



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