The Liszt Collection
The Liszt Collection contains over one million, generally 19th century engravings and images. The Liszt Collection is an international project to preserve a portrayal of history through contemporary engravings, articles and books.
The Liszt Collection mainly covers Europe and the United States as well as other locations in the rest of the world, such as Canada, Australia, certain African countries, South America and Asia.
The main areas of interest covered by the collection are history, society, art and culture. These areas are covered by showing geographical locations (towns, villages, counties and countries) as well as by showing various aspects of life in the 19th century. Ranging from topics such as politics, fashion in nineteenth century France and social activities in the nineteenth century German village to topics such as science, hiking in Switzerland, transport and coaches and trains crossing the country side.
The collection includes engravings by artists such as J. B. Allan, W. H. Bartlett, Thomas Bewick and R. Zogbaum.
The Liszt Collection’s roots lay in the Austria Hungary Empire where Gizella Schwarz (1877-1962), started to collect some ‘Liszt’ prints. These were portraits of Franz Liszt and woodcuts of the places where he lived and worked. However, her interest quickly broadened and Gizella bought prints of a great variety of subjects. Amongst many others these include butterflies and flowers, engravings of Budapest and Hungary, but also London, Paris and New York.
Over the past hundred years the Liszt collection has gradually expanded and now houses over one million 19th century engravings, prints and images and over two million articles.