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A fashionably dressed couple, the woman wrapped in a red shawl over her white gown and the man carrying a walking stick and broad-brimmed hat, are depicted in conversation by the Gastein waterfall in the outskirts of Bad Gastein, in St. Johann im Pongau. Although the properties of its thermal spring waters had been known at least since the 16th century, this Austrian spa town became a fashionable resort in the 19th century. This plate from the King's Topographical Collection is one of twelve views of Salzburg published in 1807 by Domenico Artaria. Strüdt, who produced the prints after his own designs, had studied with the printmaker Christian von Mechel (1737-1817) in Basel and with painter and etcher Wilhelm von Kobell (1766-1855) in Mannheim, where the German branch of Artaria’s publishing house was based.

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