It is one of 6 hand coloured engravings, executed ca. in 1810s and depicting a seria of old Austrian folk jobs . Actual piece depicting a night watchman and titled in German and French: "Nachtwächter.. Guet, guicrie les heures" under the image.
The author is Austrian miniature painter and graphic artist Kilian Ponheimer jun. (1788 - Vienna - 1829 ), who created this seria after drawing designs of his teacher, important Austrian miniature, watercolour painter, drawer and etcher Vincenz Georg Kininger ( 1767 Regensburg - 1851 Vienna). Both artists: drawer and etcher are good represanted in the artist lexicons by Thieme/Becker and by Prof.H.Fuchs.
Literature: F.von Boetticher "List of paintings of 19th century"(in German),Leipzig,1892, "General Artist´s Lexicon " by Thieme/Becker, Leipzig, 1999; H.Fuchs" Österreichische Maler des 19. Jahrhunderts", Vienna, 1975;
Inscription: titled in German in French under the image and signed in the plate : lower left "V.G.Kininger , del." and lower right " K.Ponheimer, sc.",
Technique: hand coloured engraving on paper, original wood frame.
Measurements: image : w. 9 7/8" x h. 14 1/4 " (25 x 36 cm), with fields and frame w. 16 1/2 " x h. 21 1/4 " ( 42 x 54 cm).
Condition: in very good condition