A pair of views of towns on river: Bruges and Rotterdam ( due to the titles of identical views of this artist in the date base artprice.com). This paintings were executed in 19th century by high listed Austrian landscape and cityscape painter Johann Wilhelm Jankowski (1825 Bohemia - 1870 Austria), who recieved his popularity with views of different European cities and landscapes in the middle of 19th century, for exemple views of Salzburg, Vienna, Traunsee, Rome, Sevilla, Melk, Venice, Gmunden, Heidelberg , Amsterdam and others. As it´s known from artist´s other cityscapes, along with the known city views, the artist created his views of cities in free " capriccio" style, from memory, often changing the real architecture and using different pseudonyms.
Literature: "General Artist´s Lexicon " by Thieme/Becker and " Dictionary of Austrian artists " by Prof.H.Fuchs (in German).
Inscription: both signed on the lower edge.
Technique: each - oil on rectangular canvas, painted in oval. Luxuriousy original period frames.
Measurements: each image in oval w 16 1/8" x h 20 1/4" (41 x 51,5 cm),unframed w 16 3/4" x h 20 7/8" (42,5 x 53 cm), framed w 20 5/8" x h 24 3/4" (52,5 x 63 cm).
Condition: in good condition, canvas profetion relined