Franz Xaver Stöber

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Franz Xaver Stöber, self-portrait, 1834
"Der Prasser" after Joseph Danhauser

Franz Xaver Stöber (born February 20, 1795 in Vienna ; † April 11, 1858 there ) was an Austrian engraver , steel engraver and eraser .


He received his first training from his father Joseph Stöber, who was also a copper engraver, then he attended the Vienna Academy with great success . In 1815 he attracted the public's attention with his own copperplate engravings with mythological scenes. In 1829 he received a privilege for the steel engraving , which allowed much higher editions than the copperplate. He also dealt with the color printing of copper and steel plates. In 1835 he became a member of the Vienna Academy, in 1842 Hofkammer-Kupferstecher, from 1844 teacher of copper engraving at the Academy. For several years Stöber was in command of the Vienna Academic Corps and director of the Vienna Artists' Pension Institute.

His work is estimated at 2,500 sheets. In addition to portraits (e.g. Franz Grillparzer , Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall , Ignaz Franz Castelli ) and large-format leaves for the annual edition of the Kunstverein, he left a wealth of vignettes, title coppers and almanac images. He worked according to templates from his brother-in-law Johann Ender , Josef Danhauser , Matthäus Loder and others.

Together with his brother-in-law, he created small-format almanac and paperback illustrations with idealistic depictions of women, which were often used as templates for porcelain painting on pipe bowls and cups.

Stöber owned a valuable collection of over 500 cans, all of which were decorated with an original by an artist.

In 1877 the Stöbergasse in Vienna- Margareten (5th district) was named after him.


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