Karl Stieler (1842–1885), son of court painter Joseph Karl Stieler (1781–1858) and poet Josephine von Miller (1809–1890), was a poet and art archivist, but also worked as a lawyer. Stieler spent his childhood and adolescence in Munich and at the Tegernsee, where the family had a summer house. Like his father, Karl Stieler wanted to become a painter at first, but finally found the appropriate form of expression in poetry. After graduating from grammar school, Stieler began studying law at the University of Munich around 1861; he also attended lectures on history, philosophy and art.
The cultural and intellectual life of Munich triggered Stieler’s literary work and also brought him together with writers such as Paul Heyse (1830–1914) and Emanuel Geibel (1815–1884), who introduced him to the association "Die Krokodile" (Crocodiles), a circle of poets from Munich that existed between 1856 and 1883 and had dedicated itself to classicist-idealistic poetry.
The first dialect poems were published in the weekly journal "Fliegende Blätter" (Fugitive Sheets). In 1865, Stieler published his first collection of poems with the title "Bergbleameln" (Alpine Flowers). In 1869, Stieler continued his law studies at the University of Heidelberg, where he received his doctorate in 1869. In the following year he joined the Bavarian Reichsarchiv (Imperial Archive), where he worked until his death in 1885, at first as archivist and then as assessor from 1882.
Stieler undertook several journeys, which he processed in detailed travelogues that contributed to his fame as a writer; for example, he visited the Paris World Exhibition and travelled by ship on the Danube from Linz via Vienna to Budapest. In 1885, Stieler died from the effects of pneumonia, which had not been cured completely.
Karl Stieler’s estate contains the literary manuscript of the poetic cycle "A Hochzeit in de Berg" (An Alpine Wedding), which comprises 16 single poems. On the back of the last sheet is a "Scholarship certificate for Friedrich Lindner". Furthermore, the bequest contains two of Stieler’s photographs and a curl of his hair.