Princely Treasures: Peter Fendi (1796-1842)

Princely Treasures: Peter Fendi (1796-1842)

The Philately Liechtenstein is expanding its “Princely Treasures” series by adding three motifs from Viennese Biedermeier paintings. Austrian artist Peter Fendi (1796-1842) created the paintings “Request for Admission” (value: CHF 0.85), “Sneaking a Peak” (value: CHF 1.00) and “A Child’s Prayer” (value: CHF 1.50), each of which appear on a miniature sheet consisting of eight stamps.

In 1833, the portrait and genre painter came to the court of Empress Carolina Augusta where he worked as an art teacher and painted children’s portraits as well as watercolours. In the years afterwards he became one of the most sought-after portraitists of Vienna’s high nobility. Peter Fendi left behind a very extensive oeuvre. Among other things, he created over 2000 sheets with copies of antique works of art from the private and public collections in Vienna. He was also pioneering as a lithographer in his attempts to print his pictures in multiple colours. The works eternalised on the stamps are items from the extensive art collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein. Since the beginning of the 17th century, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein has systematically supplemented its art collection and continues to successfully collect works of art still today.

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