Rothenburg Etching

As I slowly collect pieces, I find that my appreciation for etching an ever growing thing.  This week I acquired six etchings by the same artist.  The etchings are signed but I have yet to decipher the signature.

Roeder Gate, Rothenburg ob der Tauber etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

Roeder Gate, Rothenburg ob der Tauber etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

The only etching which is titled is of the #RoederGate, #Rothenburg.  The etching is signed in the lower right  and titled on the lower left.  Although not dated and no watermarks exist on the paper, I estimate the creation date to be around 1900.

I, also, guess that all the images are from German towns and cities.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber has a well-preserved medieval old town and is a destination for tourists from around the globe. The #RoedertorTower stands at the east end of the old city and it along with the town hall tower are the only two accessible towers in the town.

Picturesque Rothenburg has appeared in print (Elizabeth Peters – Borrower of the Night) and film too.  It was a primary location for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2.

Celle Altes Rathaus etching  by Fritz Botel @ 1920

Celle Altes Rathaus etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

Celle Castle etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

Celle Castle etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

I will not say too much about the five other etchings done by this artist except that they are well executed .  Precise and accurate architecturally.  I just wish I knew where the sites of these other etchings are today to compare.

Since posting this chapter I have found the artist.  His name is #FritzBotel (1896-1959).  I’ve not found too much information on him but he is certainly a talented etcher.

Kalandgasse, Celle etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

Kalandgasse, Celle etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

St Mary's Curch and Town Hall etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

St Mary’s Church and Town Hall etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

St Mary's Church from Kalandgasse etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

St Mary’s Church from Kalandgasse etching by Fritz Botel @ 1920

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