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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 167

    JOHAN CHRISTIAN DAHL (BERGEN 1788-1857 DRESDEN)

    Jens Stephan Heger in an artist's studio

    Price Realised  

    JOHAN CHRISTIAN DAHL (BERGEN 1788-1857 DRESDEN)
    Jens Stephan Heger in an artist's studio
    signed 'Dahl' and with inscription 'J.H' and 'Jens Stephan Heger... Tegnet af den norske maler Johan Christian Clausen Dahl...' (verso)
    pen and black ink, grey wash
    7 x 8¼ in. (178 x 210 mm.)


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    The present drawing and the two following lots are rare drawings by Johann Christian Dahl executed during the artist's stay in Copenhagen between 1811 and 1818 while he was attending the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. As the inscriptions verso indicate, they all represent members from the family of one of the artist's friends, the actor and writer Jens Stephan Heger (1769-1865), their first owner. They remained in his family until recently. One of the drawings, part of lot 168, is dated January 1818 and the others were probably produced at about the same time.
    Jens Heger is shown seated behind an artist standing in front of an easel on which is a portrait of a seated woman. Although Dahl specialized in landscape early on and portraits by him are rare, it is tempting to identify him with the young painter represented here.

    Provenance

    Jens Stephan Heger, Copenhagen, and by descent to the present owner.