Walter Schott

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Walter Schott in his studio (1899)

Walter Schott (born September 18, 1861 in Ilsenburg , † September 2, 1938 in Berlin ) was a German sculptor and medalist .


Walter Schott was a son of gräflich stolbergischen huts inspector Eduard Schott . After attending school, he went to Hanover for training and studied at the Berlin Art Academy from 1880 to 1883 . Carl Dopmeyer and Fritz Schaper were among his teachers . From 1885 he worked as a freelance artist in Berlin and created numerous monuments as one of the main representatives of the neo-baroque Berlin sculpture school . In doing so, he became totally dependent on the German Kaiser Wilhelm II and therefore received little attention in the Weimar Republic . He was awarded the title of professor, but did not hold a teaching post.

Walter Schott's urn was buried in his father's grave in Ilsenburg.


Gravestones and sculptures

Nymphenbrunnen, Schlitz Castle



Equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I in front of the Kaiserpfalz, erected for a trial after the casting was completed in 1898, the final placement did not take place until October 1900 (a ceremonial unveiling did not take place).
Hohenzollern Castle above Hechingen
Bust of Kaiser Wilhelm II in the parade uniform of the Garde du Corps in the vestibule of the former barracks , in front of a niche , around 1888 or later
Roman fort Saalburg near Bad Homburg in front of the height
Bust of Kaiser Wilhelm II, originally in the so-called staff building, ceremoniously unveiled on May 15, 1909, stored in a magazine in 1955, last shown in 1998 as part of an exhibition on the 100th anniversary of the reconstruction.
Kaiser Wilhelm II bust on the gate tower of the Kaiserbrücke on the left bank of the Rhine (lost)
St. Privat ( Lorraine )
Regimental war memorial 1870/71 of the 1st Guard Regiment on foot with a victory angel on the base; The angel, with soaring wings in ancient armor with a Greek helmet, braces a long sword on the ground at his feet. The motto of the regiment (" Semper talis ") can be read on the sword . The monument was unveiled on the anniversary of the Battle of St. Privat in the presence of Kaiser Wilhelm II, August 18, 1899. What was unusual for this time was that it had no motifs glorifying battle and that it also expressly paid tribute to the sacrifice made by its opponents, the French soldiers. This clearly sets it apart from the commemoration that was customary internationally at the time. Wilhelm II particularly emphasized this idea in his speech:

“The shape chosen for the memorial differs from what is usually used on the battlefield. The armored angel leans peacefully on his sword, adorned with the regiment's motto: Semper talis. I therefore want this figure to be given a general meaning. It stands on this blood-soaked battlefield as a guardian for all fallen soldiers of both armies, the French as well as ours. Because brave and heroic for their emperor and their fatherland, the French soldiers also sank into their glorious grave. And when our flags bow in greeting in front of the bronze statue and rustle wistfully over the graves of our dear comrades, they may also wave over the graves of our opponents, whispering to them that we remember the brave dead with wistful respect. "

Almost twenty years later, the French took the angel from the pedestal, although this memorial also specifically honored the fallen French, and offered it to the German government for sale. When the offer was refused, the angel was melted down. The monument base is still standing today.



  • An artist's life and social memories from imperial times. Carl Reissner Verlag, Dresden 1930.


Web links

Commons : Walter Schott  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Walter Schott. In: German Society for Medal Art eV: Artists. Retrieved July 11, 2014 .
  2. Friedrich von Friedeburg and others: History of the Royal Prussian First Guard Regiment on foot. 1933, DNB 572332548 .
  3. ^ L. Forrer: Schott, Prof. Walter . In: Biographical Dictionary of Medallists . tape 5 : R-S . Spink & Son, London 1912, p. 399 (English, Textarchiv - Internet Archive ).