Digitisation and specialist indexing of the Individual Graphic Sheets of the Collection of Architect Albrecht Haupt (GESAH)

TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library

History of Architecture and Urban Development, Institute for History and Theory of Architecture, Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH)

TIB’s “Albrecht Haupt Collection” is a special collection of national and international importance. The architect and building researcher Karl Albrecht Haupt (1852–1932), who taught at what was then the Hannover College of Technology for many years, compiled the collection and presented it to the college library during his lifetime.

As early as 1941, architectural historian Lieselotte Vossnack called it an outstanding collection, “comparable only to the collection of the publicly funded Staatliche Kunstbibliothek zu Berlin,” (now called the Kunstbibliothek, part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin alliance, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz). In 1923, Haupt expressed the wish “that the collection will be catalogued in a detailed index that complies with scientific requirements, and that it will gain wider recognition in and outside Hannover.”

It is now possible to meet his wish, thanks to funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG).

Object of the month

February 2020

The Instruction of Mary, copper engraving, coloured, with fabric applications

Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), Slg. Albrecht Haupt, kl D GR 46

In the sheet depicting Saint Anne teaching her daughter Mary to read, a special variant of the use of printed works is manifested, in which the depicted garments are cut out and replaced by real fabric. Typical for such works called "estampes habillées" is also the rich colouring of the printed areas such as incarnate parts, architectural motifs, attributes and ornaments. The object of the extensive adornment in this case was a copperplate engraving based on a model engraved by Abraham Christian Wilhelm and published by Martin Engelbrecht in Augsburg before 1756. It is not clear from the work itself who was responsible for the alteration and when it took place. The fact that Martin Engelbrecht's publishing house had numerous cut-out sheets on the one hand, but also costume series, which were also often "dressed", on the other, could be an indication that the adornment was also done in the environment of the publishing house in Augsburg.

The Haupt Collection contains three further estampes habillées, two of which point to Augsburg as the place of origin due to the underlying prints (again Engelbrecht and Johann Lorenz Rugendas).