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SCHULZ, Carl Anton (1831-1884)
[Leporello Album of Original Photograph Views of Riga]: Album Riga.


[Riga, ca. 1880s]. Oblong Octavo (ca. 11x19 cm). Sixteen albumen prints mounted on card, including four double-page panoramas ca. 8,5x35 cm (ca. 3 ¼ x 13 ¾ in), and 12 views ca. 8,5x16,5 cm (ca. 3 ¼ x 6 ½ in). All images with period manuscript ink captions in German on the mounts, some - with manuscript pencil commentaries in English. Original brown publisher's cloth album with gilt stamped title and decorative pictorial vignette on the front cover. One panorama with a minor scratch on the left part, several leaves detached from each other, but overall a very good album with strong bright images. Attractive album of early photographs of Riga issued by the local photographer Carl Anton Schulz, whose "Photographisch-Artistisches Atelier" was located at Nikolai Boulevard, 3. All images, bright and sound, have period - apparently the publisher's - ink captions, written in German on the mounts. Some photos are also supplemented with interesting pencil notes in English, most likely made by a British tourist travelling around the Baltics at the time. The photographs not only give great artistic view on the architecture of 19th century Riga, but also show many of its inhabitants: bourgeois pedestrians, cab drivers, port workers, clerks et al. The panoramas show Riga harbour with the Old city meeting the Daugava River crowded with fishing boats and trade vessels; an overview from the balcony of the Riga theatre (now Latvian National Theatre), with a commentary in English: "fortifications made into gardens & moan into canal, old Town left, new Town right"; "Der Bastei Boulevard"; and the Daugava River with the pontoon- and railway bridges, the latter built in 1871-1872 "by English engineer". The street views include photos of the stock exchange building (now the Art Museum Riga Bourse), Ritterhaus (now housing the Latvian Parliament), the Powder Tower (Der Pulverturm) with "English cannon balls" stuck in it, Alexander Boulevard, Kalkstrasse (with an antiquarian bookshop shown on the right), Elisabethstrasse, Landstrasse, buildings of the Lomonosov and Krons gymnasiums, Riga customs house, gas company et al. "Carl Anton Schulz was born February 21, 1831 (d. 1884) and was schooled as an artist. His sons also joined him in his photography business - Oskar, with a studio in Libau (Liepaja, Latvia); Arthur, in Dorpat (Tartu, Estonia); and Eduard in Riga - the pictures of scenes of Riga from the late 19th and early 20th century attributed to C. Schulz's studio were taken by Eduard. Their photographic atelier exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris, and at the 700th anniversary of Riga exposition in 1901 - for which their studio produced the lithographed flyer" (Center for Baltic Heritage on-line). Schulz was known for his album of Latvian views titled "Livländische Schweiz" (1880s).

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