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Painting: Anton Walter (1756 - 1826), Porträt

1825, Artist: Friedrich August Mathias Gauermann



Anton Walter (1756 - 1826), Porträt

The heyday of Vienna piano making in the late 18th century is inextricably linked to the musical developments that reached a pinnacle in the music of the Viennese Classical period. According to his contemporaries, Anton Walter was the most important Viennese piano maker of the time. He was born in 1752 in Neuhausen, a town near Stuttgart, and settled in Vienna in 1775. From 1778 until his death he ran a workshop in the so-called Fokanetische Haus in the Laimgrube district, near the present-day Theater an der Wien. It has recently come to light that Walter spent a great deal of his time as a farmer. In 1792 he bought a farm in Lower Austria near Miesenbach, where he spent several months each summer. On the so-called Gauermannhof, which still exists today, Walter cultivated fruit trees. In the wake of the French revolution, Austrian officialdom attempted radically to supress revolutionary ideology. As Walter had been in contact with suspected persons, he became embroiled in the so-called Jacobine case and underwent unpleasant interrogations by the police. Anton Walter had two stepsons, Donat and Joseph Schöfstoß, who also became piano makers. They initially worked together with Walter, though they later set up independently. Walter’s stepdaughter Rosina Katherina married the painter Jakob Friedrich Gauermann in 1803. In 1825 their son Friedrich painted a portrait of his step-grandfather, who at that time was 73 years old. (rh)

Lit.: Rudolf Hopfner: Masterpieces from the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. A Short Guide through the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Vol. 1, Vienna 2019

Location: Neue Burg, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente Saal 14

Object data

Object Name







Friedrich August Mathias Gauermann (1807 Miesenbach bei Wiener Neustadt - 1862 Wien)


oil on canvas

Dimensions Cover size is a museum or exhibition-specific information. It does not specify the real dimensions of the musical instrument.

690 mm x 620 mm x 55 mm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente

Inv. No.

Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, 501


Anton Walter (1752 Neuhausen auf den Fildern - 1826 Wien) - GND

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