HILDEBRANDT, After Eduard (1817-1869)
Hongkong. Queen's Road... nach der Aquarelle aus der Sammlung des Herrn Richard Goehde
Berlin: Verlag von R. Wagner, [circa 1865]. Chromolithograph, by R. Wagner, trimmed to edge of image and mounted (as issued), original mount with paper title label on verso. Mount size:17 7/8 x 22 inches. Image size (including text): 10 13/16 x 15 inches.
A charming, and very early view of Queen's Road in Hong Kong
Hildebrandt, was born in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland). After serving as an apprentice to his father, a house painter, Hildebrandt moved to Berlin at nineteen where he studied under the German landscape and marine painter Wilhelm Krause. Around 1842, Hildebrandt moved to Paris and entered Eugene Isabey's atelier where he became connected to fellow landscape and maritime painter Eugène Lepoittevin. Upon his return to Berlin, his skills attracted the attention of German polymath, Alexander von Humboldt, who recommended Hildebrandt to the Prussian King, Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The King named Hildebrandt Painter to the Royal Court and subsequently supported him in his extensive and expensive travels. He made numerous journeys visiting the Americas (North and South), most of the Mediterranean countries, Asia Minor, India, China, Japan and crossing the Pacific: the present image is from a sketch that was made as a result of his tour of 1862 to 1864.
Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hildebrandt, Eduard". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 461.