Franz Seraph Hanfstängl was a painter and art publisher.
Hanfstängl founded the Munich art publishing house of the same name in 1834. The firm became a leader in the development of lithographic printing processes and became known for its reproductions of works of art. Hanfstängl also pioneered the use of the eosin silver bromide process (invented by Vogel and Albert in 1884) to obtain colour correct negatives. He handed over the firm to his son Edgar in 1868.
Josef Maria Eder, History of Photography, E. Epstean (transl.), New York 1945, pp. 467, 794.