Matthias Oesterreich

Personal data
Born 1716
Died 1778
Biography

Inspector of the Grand Gallery at the Sans Souci Castle in Potsdam from 1757.

Life with Boswell

Oesterreich waited on Boswell at his lodgings in Potsdam on July 4, 1764, and “carried him in a coach to the Retreat of the Great Frederic [i.e. Sans Souci]”, where he gave him a tour of the castle and its impressive gallery.

Literature

Oesterreich compiled several catalogues of the works in the possession of Frederick the Great, some of which are available in various editions via AbeBooks today. These include Beschreibung der Königlichen Bildergallerie und des Kabinets im Sans Souci (1764), Beschreibung der Neuen Kammern in Sanssouci (1775) and Beschreibung und Erklärung der Grupen, Statuen, ganzen und halben Brust- Stücke, Basreliefs, Urnen und Vasen von Marmor, Bronze und Bley, sowohl von antiker als moderner Arbeit, welche die Sammlung Sr. majestät, des Königs von Preußen, ausmachen (1775).