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Illustrations in two Croatian papers of the 1860s

The papers Glasonoša (1861–1865) and Slavjanski jug (1867–1868), published in the Croatian town of Karlovac, were well-known to Slovene readers. In 1864 and 1865 Abel Lukšič, a Karlovac printer and publisher, also included illustrations in the Glasonoša, by which it is known as the first illustrated Croatian paper. In its supplement to number 11 of the year 1865, Lukšić published a portrait of the leading Slovene politician of the time and editor of the newspaper Novice, Dr. Janez Bleiweis.

In 1865 Lukšič's printing house in Karlovac was bought by Dragotin Bokau and moved to Zageb. The Slavjanski jug was later printed there; as concerns illustrations, its editor, Gjuro Klarić, led a similar editorial policy to that of Lukšić in the Glasonoša. The Slavjanski jug published portraits of the Slovene politicians Dr. Bleiweis, Dr. Lovro Toman and Dr. Radoslav Razlag, then several town views of Ljubljana and Trieste, the views of the native houses of the poets Valentin Vodnik at Šiška, a present-day suburb of Ljubljana, and Dr. France Prešeren in the village of Vrba in Upper Carniola (this is presumably the earliest depiction of his native house) and presentations of Carniolan national costumes. The portraits were executed – mainly after photographs – by Friedrich (Fritz) Kriehuber (1836–1871, son of the famous Viennese portrait painter-lithographer Josef Kriehuber). However, the Slavjanski jug did not reproduce his original litographs but wood-engravings made after them by the Czech engraver František Bartel (1841–1911). Prešeren's and Vodnik's native houses were drawn by the Viennese painter and lithographer Vincenz Katzler (1823–1882). National costumes were portrayed by the draughtsman Schreiber, who made one group composition of eight separate pairs of costumed men and women that were published as copper-plate engravings done by the Viennese printmaker Leopold Zechmayer in 1844 after the watercolours of Franz Kurz zum Thurn und Goldenstein of 1837/38. The Slavjanski jug also published several lithographs from the series of twelve scenes from Croatian history, which was prepared in 1867 by a painter from Zagreb J. Ferenz (Franz) Mücke (1819–1883).