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Johann Hamza was a painter of genre who was born in Teltsch on 21 June 1850. He studied under Eduard Von Engerth at the Vienna Academy, and exhibited in Vienna, Dresden and Munich between 1879 and 1890. He died in 1927.

Image of the Assembled Puzzle 2000, Jumbo, In the Library, Johann Hamza

We don’t have a lot of information about him, except that he specialized in genre painting. He liked to depict everyday life by portraying ordinary people in common activities. At a very early age he was already a consummate craftsman who conceived his pictures with a lot of detail. He was very precise depicting the surfaces of all the materials, objects, and figures. This painting is a good example.

Johann Hamza in his Library

Jorge Luis Borges always imagined Paradise as some kind of library. It seems that perhaps Johann Hamza could agree with him, since libraries and books are common topics in his paintings. There are at least five works with the title In the Library, where different gentlemen are sitting reading in a library or a room full of books. Furthermore, some other works represent people reading, like An Old Man Reading, Reading for Pleasure, or Reading on the Terrace. When someone loves books as much as jigsaw puzzles, this Jumbo puzzle is the perfect combination of two great hobbies.

This puzzle was very nice and more challenging than I initially imagined, since there were too many similar pieces with book spines. However, it was not too difficult. Although the puzzle was not new, the quality of Jumbo pieces is very good, and it looked like new. I had two incomplete copies of this puzzle, but they were perfectly compatible, so I was able to put together a complete copy that I listed later at Rare Puzzles. There is an additional copy that will be used for replacements in the future.

2000, Jumbo, In the Library, Johann Hamza, 98 x 68 cm, Reference Number 1746.

Image of the Puzzle 1500, Jumbo, In the Library, Johann Hamza, Picture of the Box

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Most of us are probably familiar with the 1995 epic movie Braveheart, with Mel Gibson. That movie is probably what first comes mind when we mention the name of William Wallace. He was a Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the wars of Scottish independence from England at the end of the 13th century and beginning of the 14th.

William Wallace won the important Battle of Stirling Bridge against the English army on September 11, 1297. After that, he became Guardian of Scotland until his defeat at the Battle of Farkilk in 1298. Some years later, in 1305, they captured and executed him.

Image of the Puzzle 1500, Jumbo, Trial of William Wallace, Picture of the Puzzle Assebled

The painting by Daniel Maclise represents the trial, which took place on August 23, 1305. Although the title in the box is Trial of William Wallace, the true title of the painting is Wallace’s Trial in Westminster Hall. They charged him with high treason and crimes against English civilians.

The execution of William Wallace

As soon as the scene in the painting concluded, they hanged him. However, they released him while he was still alive. Then, they emasculated him, eviscerated him, and burned his bowels before him. Finally, they beheaded him and cut him into four parts. They placed is head on a pike atop London Bridge. His limbs were displayed, separately, in Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling, and Perth. It seems like they did want to send a strong message.

As we can see in the picture, he has a garland of oak as a crown, to signify that he was the king of the outlaws. His figure is big and dominates the scene. His bold countenance aligns with his response to the treason charge: “I could not be a traitor to Edward, for I was never his subject”.

The puzzle is very nice, with a lot of variety and detail. If I recall well, it was not very difficult and it was a pleasure to assemble. Unfortunately, it was incomplete. That’s what often happens when buying used puzzles. For that reason, it is now added to the Missing Pieces section and it is available for replacements.

There is another very interesting puzzle with a painting by Daniel Maclise: Robin Hood and His Merry Men Entertaining Richard the Lionheart in Sherwood Forest.

1500, Jumbo, Trial of William Wallace, Daniel Maclise, 90 x 60 cm, Reference Number 80076.

Image of the Puzzle 1500, Jumbo, Trial of William Wallace, Picture of the Box

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