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    Sale 2237

    The Scholars Eye: Property from the Julius Held Collection Part I

    27 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 17

    Adolf von Menzel (Breslau 1815-1905 Berlin)

    A greeting card from 1839

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    Adolf von Menzel (Breslau 1815-1905 Berlin)
    A greeting card from 1839
    signed and extensively inscribed, Ihnen Verehrter, Ihrer Lieben Frau und Schwiegermutter und Respektabeln und vortrefflichem Wünscht im Lauf der 1839 die besten Amüsements' der Unterzeichnete and signed with initials 'AM' (recto); AM [enzel added by another hand] Zur Intelligenz! Falls ein gewisses Album nicht mit nach Holland gewandelt ist, wo sich aller= dings das in Rede stehende Objeckt nicht schlecht conservieren würde, so bittet Unterzeichneter, selbiges ihm auf mehrere kleine Weilchen in Pension zu geben. verspätet zur Post gegeben. (verso)
    pen and black ink
    3½ x 4 5/8 in. (87 x 117 mm.)


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    Menzel began his career in his family's printing business which produced commercial letterhead and greeting cards. A lithographic version of this card is not known, and given the personal nature of the inscription, it was probably done for a friend of the artist. The 1979 exhibition catalogue suggests the recipient was Dr. Freidrich Puhlmann.

    Exhibited

    Williamstown, The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute and elsewhere, Master Drawings from the Collection of Ingrid and Julius S. Held, 1979, no. 43.