The Inn, St Gilgen, With Portrait Of The Widow Schondorfer
Photographer: Frith, Francis (1822 - 1898)
Medium: Photographic print
British travelling photographer and publisher of continental views Francis Frith spent 6 weeks following the course of the River Rhine through Switzerland, Austria and Germany. His photographs illustrate scenes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's novel 'Hyperion,' in which Paul Flemming is the fictional hero.
In the Artist's Preface of the book Frith writes: "At Saltzburg we unwittingly drove to the 'Golden Ship,' in the Square, opposite the great marble fountain, where poor Flemming underwent a delerium and a slow recovery; and then we tracked him to his loved and lovely St. Gilgen. Here, most of all we sympathize with his ardent affection for the place and the people. Here stands the broad whitewashed front of the inn where he lodged. Depicted on its front, though the worse for the lapse of time, is the bear-fight he describes, and the sun-dial; and in front is the 'magnificent broad-armed tree, with benches and tables beneath its shadow;' nay more, here sits the identical hostess Schondorfer (a right portly and motherly old lady she is), who has catered for the comfort alike of the broken-hearted and illustrious Flemming, and his joyous but humble Illustrators."