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Dionis Wasserburg (completely Johann Dionysius Bernhard Wasserburg ) (born October 25, 1813 in Mainz , † June 16, 1885 ibid) was a German lithographer .


Dionis Wasserburg was the son of Andreas Wasserburg (1775-1853) and his wife Dorothea geb. Bornemann, one of his brothers was Philipp Wasserburg (1827-1897). He learned the lithograph trade in Mainz and went to Switzerland in autumn 1835 , where he became a member of the local club of the political craftsmen's organization Young Germany of Vormärz in Neuchâtel . In July 1836 he was deported to France and transferred to London . There he married Sarah Louise Scheurer (born January 24, 1819 in London) in 1837, the daughter of a German cake baker. He returned to Mainz in 1837, where he opened a lithographic company in 1838 and ran it until his death. He changed apartments several times. He was buried in the main cemetery in Mainz .

Plate 3 The Aureus Chapel

Historical and architectural curiosities of Mainz

His main work is the work Historical and Architectural Curiosities of Mainz in Its Past and Present, published in the lithograph by D. Wasserburg in 35 deliveries , Mainz 1842.

The 35 large-format panels are based on older models and mostly show buildings that were destroyed or demolished during the French Revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic rule. Some lithographs were done by other lithographers who worked for Wasserburg: Pet. Calvi, JC Meyer, I. Nawratil. and H. Sturn

Complete copies of the work are extremely rare, as the views are usually sold individually in the art trade.


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  1. 1842 Hintere Praesencegasse 342; 1845 Weihergarten 13; 1853 Emmeransstrasse 13; 1870 Grosse Langgasse 9; 1880 Köthergäßchen 6.
  2. ^ Reprint Verlag Gerd Mertin, Königswinter 1985, ed. by Klaus Wasserburg.
  3. sheet size approx. 30 × 37 cm; Image size approx. 18.7 × 23.3 cm.
  4. Signed panels VIII – IX.
  5. Signed panel II.
  6. Signed the title page.
  7. Signed panels XV – XX.
  8. ^ A complete copy is in the Mainz City Library, signature Mog: 2º / 51, another in the Mainz University Library, signature 2º G 6230.
  9. Flag car of the Mainz troops from the battle of Göllheim in 1298, present in the Mainz armory until it was destroyed in 1793. The lithograph was based on a drawing by Franz Joseph Bodmann , today in the Mainz City Archives BPS IVa 1, see. Wilhelm Janssen , Hugo Stehkämper (ed.): The day near Worringen, June 5, 1288 . Böhlau, Cologne 1988, ISBN 3-412-04388-5 , p. 200 Fig. 5.
  10. Wahl 1982, illus. P. 135.
  11. Wahl 1982, ill. P. 132.