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. 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. Overall size: 20 3/4 x 178 inches.
Folds into a contemporary green cloth-backed box with gilt edges
Provenance: Ludwig II (contemporary manuscript inscription on a small sheet affixed inside the front cover of the box)
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 (1821-1901) began his career as an engraver and lithographer, taking up photography circa 1850. His earliest photographic works were portraits and architectural studies, the latter particularly including monuments dedicated to Ludwig I and II. In 1854, he participated in the Deutsche Industrieausstellung, and would both teach photography and sell photographic equipment. In the 1860s he would photographically document bridge and railroad engineering projects in Germany, and in 1872 be named the official photographer of the Bavarian royal family.
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 scarce. Not in Heidtmann and with only a single example located in the Stadtmuseum, Munich. This example with provenance to Ludwig II, King of Bavaria.