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"K.K" is the abbreviation of the German phrase kaiserlich - königlich or imperial (Austria) and royal (Bohemia, Hungary and Croatia), which refers to the Austrian Empire after 1804.

Charles (Karl) Würbs was a Czech painter and printmaker. He studied at the Prague Academy of Arts with Josef Bergler and Francis Kristiana Waldherr and later in the studios of Karel Funk and Hans Henisch. There, he took an interest in landscape and architecual painting. Post-graduation, he was an engraver, lithographer, and art critic for a magazine. In 1835, he helped found the Fine Arts Unit. He also traveled to Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands for several years. In 1858, Würbs was appointed inspector of the Picture Gallery of the Society of Patriotic Friends of Art before teaching at the Imperial Royal Estates Polytechnic Institute and then the Prague Academy of Arts from 1869-1871. Beginning in 1873, he appraised paintings and engravings for Count Thun in Declin.

Jobst Riegel was a German engraver and painter. After attending art school, he studied under Johann Poppel. He made bookplates and his works primarily focused on landscapes, cityscapes, and architecture. He was also commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria to paint several watercolors. Riegel lived in Munich from 1846 until his death in 1878.

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Würbs, Karl: The K.K. Belvedere in Vienna, Leo Baeck Institute, 2005.17d.