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    Sale 7438

    19th Century European Art

    23 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 31

    Adolf von Menzel (German, 1815-1905)

    Trinkender Kurgast

    Price Realised  

    Adolf von Menzel (German, 1815-1905)
    Trinkender Kurgast
    signed with initials and dated 'A M/Okt 84' (lower right)
    charcoal on paper
    8 7/8 x 5¾ in. (22.4 x 14.7 cm.)
    Executed in October, 1884.

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    Adolf von Menzel's drawings are noted for their extremely strong and confident handling. Most of his charcoal figurative drawings are studies for more finished works, including the present lot which is a preparatory drawing for Am Wärmekessel in Bad Kissingen (see fig. 1). Menzel executed a study of the same subject in a sketch book he used between 1884 and 1892, which is now in the Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen, Berlin.

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    Joey and Toby Tannenbaum, Toronto.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 12 October 1994, lot 326.
    with Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London, by 1995.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    H. Ebertshauser, Adolf von Menzel: Das graphische Werk, 2 vols, Munich 1976, vol. II, p. 1192 (illustrated).


    Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, Nineteenth Century Drawings, 15 June-7 July 1995, no. 18.