Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, who became Emperor Ferdinand I in 1835, commissioned the leading watercolourists of his day to create a picture book of the major towns and most scenic regions in the Austrian Empire and neighbouring lands. The project was carried out from 1833 until 1848 when, at the end of that Year of Revolution, Emperor Ferdinand was forced to abdicate.
The Albertina owns 226 of the more than 300 large, boldly illustrative views in this panorama of Austrian watercolour painting, the finest of which are by Jakob and Rudolf von Alt.
Klaus Albrecht Schröder,
Maria Luise Sternath, Foreword: Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Texts by Stefanie Chaloupek, Jörg Garms, Eva Michel, Patrick Poch, Maria Luise Sternath and Werner Telesko
Vienna: Albertina, 2010, ISBN 978-3-85033-438-6,