Jaromír Stretti (Czechoslovakian, 1882-1959) was born in a prominent Czechoslovakian family.  His grandfather was a merchant, and his father Karl Stretti a physician in the service of the Metternich family.  Jaromír is today mostly known as an engraver, who took his maternal name of Zamponi early on.  As an artist Stretti-Zamponi was mostly self-taught, though he clearly received some direction in the development of his technical skills in making aquatints.  Jaromír Stretti-Zamponi depicted mostly cities, and almost exclusively in fall and winter.  Paris and Prague dominate in his oeuvre, but Venice, London, and lesser known cities also make appearances.