BÖTTGER, Georg (1821-1901)
Panorama der K. Haupt-u.-Residenz-Stadt München. Aufgenommen in der Vogelperspective vom Sct. Petersthurme aus, zur Zeit des 700 jährigen Jubilaeums 1858
Munich: 1858. Overall size: 20 3/4 x 178 inches. 11 large-format collodion dry plate photographs, mounted on card accordion-style with linen joints to form a 360 degree panoramic view of Munich, titled on the mount below the image and with the photographer's name in contemporary manuscript at the lower right.
Fold into a cloth chemise within morocco-backed box with gilt spine and raised bands
Among the earliest photographic panoramic city views ever accomplished.
Taken from the tower of St. Peter's Church on the occasion of the 700 anniversary of the city, Böttger's panorama is the first such panoramic photograph of Munich. Georg Böttger began his career as an engraver and lithographer, taking up photography around 1850. His earliest photographic works were portraits and architectural studies, particularly monuments dedicated to Ludwig I and II. In 1854, he participated in the Deutsche Industrieausstellung and taught photography and sold photographic equipment. In the 1860s he documented bridge and railroad engineering projects in Germany. He was named the official photographer of the Bavarian royal family in 1872. The present panorama is by far his most famous image, being among the largest photographs accomplished to that date, the earliest 360 degree photographic city view, and among the earliest photographic panoramas ever taken (preceded only by a panorama of Paris by Bisson freres in 1855). It is extremely rare. Not in Heidtmann and with only a single example located in the Stadtmuseum, Munich. This example with provenance to Ludwig II, King of Bavaria.