Detail from Une faiseuse de flutte / Eine Pfeiffenmacherin (A Female Wind Instrument Maker) by Michael Rössler, published by Martin Engelbrecht, 18th century. Dayton C. Miller Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.
published by Martin Engelbrecht, engraver, 1684-1756
A woman, a woodwind instrument maker, stands in the center of the composition. There is a hedge in the background with a bagpiper on the left and, on the right, a seated musician who plays an instrument that may be a chalumeau (an early clarinet). The woman wears various woodwind instruments or tools on her person, some attached at her shoulder, many attached at her belt, and each is identified by a number corresponding to text beneath her describing the instrument or tool. Number 1 is a musette; number 2 is a recorder, which she plays; number 3 is a bassoon; number 5 is a chalumeau; number 7 represents a transverse flute and a recorder; number 8 depicts cornetts; number 9 is a cow horn; and number 12 is a Turkish horn.
This etching was included in The Pipers: An Exhibition of Engravings, Watercolors and Lithographs from the Dayton C. Miller Collection, Library of Congress, March 1977. See a companion print of a man who is an instrument maker, 0368/L.
About the Artist
Michael Rössler, engraver, 1705-1777
Michael Rössler was a German engraver who was born in Nuremburg in 1705 and who died in Copenhagen in 1777. He engraved many portraits and his most important work was for the Journal du couronnement de Charles VII (Journal of the coronation of Charles VII).
- This biographical information on Rössler is derived from Bénézit. [back to article]