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Franz von Wörth     

Heinrich August Georg von Pott, by virtue of editorship, is usually the nominal bibliographic source for the superb hand-colored lithographic plates of mineral specimens that appear in Schriften der in St. Petersburg gestifteten Russisch-Kaiserlichen Gesellschaft für die gesammte Mineralogie of 1842, though it is doubtful that he had anything to do with their production. The actual artist was F. von Woerth (according to the signature on one plate), and the lithographer who reproduced his work was J. P. Hubert. "F. von Woerth" was Ritter (knight) Franz Ivanovitch Wörth, who had been one of the 33 founders of the society in 1817, and was involved in several of the studies and analyses reported in those proceedings, including the notes on alexandrite/chrysoberyl from the Urals and Siberian emerald to which the beautiful illustrations apply. (The mineral wörthite was named after him, though it was later shown to be merely a weathered form of sillimanite.) One of the emeralds (valued then at 22,000 rubles) was presented to the Society by British mineral dealer Henry Heuland. Some of the lithographic plates were issued uncolored, and in other copies several of the specimens are carefully hand-colored in watercolor and heightened with crushed biotite glitter. Copies with all plates colored are exceedingly rare. All illustrations shown here except the hand-colored emerald are from a rare copy in the Mineralogical Record Library.

W.E.W.

References:
Sinkankas, J. (1993) Gemology, an Annotated Bibliography. Scarecrow Press, New Jersey & London, vol. 2., p. 922, entry 5869.
Antiquariat Andreas Müller Katalog 4 (undated), p. 50-51.

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The Mineralogical Record: Franz von Wörth - Chrysoberyl (in daylight) from near Ekaterinberg, Siberia Chrysoberyl (in daylight) from near Ekaterinberg, Siberia
Hand-colored and varnished lithograph heightened with crushed biotite (1842), depicting natural-size a 5.2-inch specimen recovered by Lev Perovsky in 1833. Painted by Franz von Wörth and lithographed by J. P. Hubert for publication as Tafel 8, Figure H in volume 1 of Schriften der in St. Petersburg Gestifteten Russisch-Kaiserlichen Gesellschaft für die Gesammte Mineralogie.
The Mineralogical Record: Franz von Wörth - Chrysoberyl (in candlelight) from near Ekaterinberg, Siberia Chrysoberyl (in candlelight) from near Ekaterinberg, Siberia
Hand-colored and varnished lithograph heightened with crushed biotite (1842), depicting natural-size a 4.5-inch specimen recovered by Lev Perovsky in 1833. Painted by Franz von Wörth and lithographed by J. P. Hubert for publication as Tafel 8, Figure I in volume 1 of Schriften der in St. Petersburg Gestifteten Russisch-Kaiserlichen Gesellschaft für die Gesammte Mineralogie.
The Mineralogical Record: Franz von Wörth - Emerald Crystal from near Ekaterinberg, Siberia Emerald Crystal from near Ekaterinberg, Siberia
Hand-colored and varnished lithograph heightened with crushed biotite (1842), depicting natural-size a 7-inch specimen in the cabinet of the Czar. Painted by Franz von Wörth and lithographed by J. P. Hubert for publication as Tafel B, Lit. C in volume 1 of Schriften der in St. Petersburg Gestifteten Russisch-Kaiserlichen Gesellschaft für die Gesammte Mineralogie. (Antiquariat Andreas Müller copy)
The Mineralogical Record: Franz von Wörth - Emerald Crystal from near Ekaterinberg Emerald Crystal from near Ekaterinberg
Uncolored lithograph (1842), depicting natural-size a 7-inch specimen in the cabinet of the Czar. Painted by Franz von Wörth and lithographed by J. P. Hubert for publication as Tafel B, Lit. C in volume 1 of Schriften der in St. Petersburg Gestifteten Russisch-Kaiserlichen Gesellschaft für die Gesammte Mineralogie.
The Mineralogical Record: Franz von Wörth - Emerald Crystal from near Ekaterinberg, Siberia Emerald Crystal from near Ekaterinberg, Siberia
Uncolored lithograph (1842), depicting natural-size a 7-inch specimen in the cabinet of the Czar. Painted by Franz von Wörth and lithographed by J. P. Hubert for publication as Tafel C, Lit. D in volume 1 of Schriften der in St. Petersburg Gestifteten Russisch-Kaiserlichen Gesellschaft für die Gesammte Mineralogie.
The Mineralogical Record: Franz von Wörth - Emerald Crystals on Matrix from America (Colombia) Emerald Crystals on Matrix from America (Colombia)
Uncolored lithograph (1842), depicting natural-size a 6-inch specimen in the cabinet of the St. Petersburg Mineralogical Society (based on a sketch by the daughter of Jacob Forster in 1818) and said to be offered for sale by Catherine the Great at 22,000 rubles. Lithographed by J. P. Hubert for publication as Tafel A, Lit. A in volume 1 of Schriften der in St. Petersburg Gestifteten Russisch-Kaiserlichen Gesellschaft für die Gesammte Mineralogie.
The Mineralogical Record: Franz von Wörth - Polished Labradorite from Labrador, Canada showing a Portrait Inside Polished Labradorite from Labrador, Canada showing a Portrait Inside
Uncolored lithograph (1842), depicting slightly enlarged a 2-inch specimen in the cabinet of the St. Petersburg Mineralogical Society. Painted by Franz von Wörth and lithographed by J. P. Hubert for publication as Tafel A, Lit. A in volume 1 of Schriften der in St. Petersburg Gestifteten Russisch-Kaiserlichen Gesellschaft für die Gesammte Mineralogie.
The Mineralogical Record: Franz von Wörth - Emerald Crystals from Colombia (?) Emerald Crystals from Colombia (?)
Uncolored lithograph (1842), depicting natural-size a 4.5-inch specimen in the cabinet of the Czar. Painted by Franz von Wörth and lithographed by J. P. Hubert for publication as Tafel D, Lit. E in volume 1 of Schriften der in St. Petersburg Gestifteten Russisch-Kaiserlichen Gesellschaft für die Gesammte Mineralogie.
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