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Friedrich Schiller Reciting Die Räuber in the Bopserwald (Undated Woodcut)
This famous image shows Schiller (center) in the Bopserwald reciting his play to fellow students of the military academy he was attending at the time. The title reads: “Schiller’s robbers on their first stage.” His friends are (from left to right) Friedrich Wilhelm von Hoven, Victor Heideloff, the sculptor Johann Heinrich Dannecker (1758-1841), Christian Jakob Schlotterbeck, and Franz Joseph Kapf. Stuttgart’s collegiate church is visible in the background. Wood engraving by Paul Friedrich Thumann (1834-1908), after a sketch by Victor Heideloff (1757-1816), undated.