Elisabeth von Adlerflycht

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Elisabeth von Adlerflycht
Born Susanna Maria Rebecca Elisabeth von Riese
(1775-09-23)September 23, 1775
Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire
Died March 15, 1846(1846-03-15) (aged 70)
Frankfurt, German Confederation
Nationality German
Education Trained under Johann Daniel Bager
Known for Painting
Notable work Rhine panorama
Spouse(s) Justinian von Adlerflycht
Patron(s) Johann Friedrich Cotta von Cottendorf

Susanna Maria Rebecca Elisabeth von Adlerflycht (born von Riese; September 23, 1775 – March 15, 1846) was a German painter known for her cartographic illustration of the Rhine Valley, the first in a genre of tourist maps known as Rheinpanorama.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Elisabeth von Adlerflycht studied in Frankfurt under Johann Daniel Bager (1754–1815), who painted still lifes and portraits. In 1797 she married Justinian von Adlerflycht, who later became a senator of the Free City of Frankfurt.

During a cruise on the Rhine in 1811, she drew preparatory sketches for a panoramic painting of the Rhine valley from the mouth of the Nahe to the Moselle.[2] The panorama used continuous parallel projection to illustrate an overhead view of the full Rhine Valley.[1] Johann Friedrich Cotta von Cottendorf (1764–1832) recognized the novelty of this technique of making pictorial maps and initiated the lithographic printing of this sheet by the Stuttgart geographer and cartographer Heinrich Keller in 1822.[2] In 1823, Friedrich Wilhelm Delkeskamp of the Frankfurt publishing company Friedrich Wilmans published this classic panorama of the Rhine from Mainz to Cologne.

Elisabeth von Adlerflycht had a painting gallery in Frankfurt, where today a street is named after the von Adlerflycht family.


  1. ^ a b Jacobs, Frank. "528 - Vertical Panorama: the Rhine and the Birth of Tourism". Big Think. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  2. ^ a b "museenkoeln.de | Museum Ludwig". museenkoeln.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  • Gwinner, Friedrich (1862). Kunst und Künstler in Frankfurt am Main [Art and artists in Frankfurt am Main] (in German). Frankfurt. p. 440.
  • Ulrich Thieme, Felix Becker, eds. (1907). "Elisabeth von Adlerflycht". Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart [General dictionary of visual artists from antiquity to the present day] (in German). Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann. p. 86.
  • Emmanuel Bénézit, eds. (1976). Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs... [Critical and documentary dictionary of painters, sculptors, designers and engravers ...] (in French).
  • "Elisabeth von Adlerflycht". Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon. Die Bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. [General dictionary of artists: Visual artists of all times and peoples] (in German). 1. Leipzig: Seemann. p. 398. ISBN 3-598-22741-8.
  • Cornelius Steckner (1993). "Das erste Rheinpanorama. Elisabeth von Adlerflycht (1775 - 1846) und Friedrich Wilhelm Delkeskamp (1794 - 1872)" [The first panorama of the Rhine: Elizabeth of Adlerflycht (1775 - 1846) and Friedrich Wilhelm Delkeskamp (1794 - 1872)]. In W. Schäfke and I. Bodsch. Der Lauf des Rheins [The course of the Rhine] (in German). Cologne and Bonn. pp. 33–39. ISBN 3-927396-55-9.

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