Danube Virtual Museum

Belgrade in mid-nineteenth century

Title: Belgrade in mid-nineteenth century
Author: Johan Georg Friedrich Popel
Chrolonology: 1800 - 1900
Museum: Belgrade City Museum
Country: Serbia
Closer Dating: 1845-1850
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 35,4 × 25,6 cm
Production Technique: Lithograph in color
Bibliography: Pеtrоvić Bisеniја i drugi. Мuzеј grаdа Bеоgrаdа, ur. Sеfеrоvić Nаdа. Bеоgrаd: 2003.


This is the work of Johann Georg Friedrich Popel, German painter and publisher from Munich. This scene is one of the documents on the design of Belgrade in the XIX century, especially the Lower Town, which was completely destroyed in the period 1914/1915 during the First World War. Belgrade is observed across the Sava, from the Dunavac through which group of “saraor” workers is towing a barge. In addition to the realistic appearance of the Belgrade Fortress, this lithograph is a source of visual information about the costumes and ways of transport on the Danube and Sava rivers in the time of the first steamboat.