Achim Moeller, Managing Principal of The Lyonel Feininger Project LLC, has confirmed the authenticity of this work. The work is registered in the archives of The Lyonel Feininger Project LLC, New York - Berlin under no. 1372-03-22-16.
Feininger studied drawing at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule in Hamburg, followed by the Königliche Akademie in Berlin. He had his first success in 1890, when he published some of his drawings with the Berlin-based comic magazine Humoristische Blätter. By 1905, Feininger was an established and relatively famous local cartoonist and illustrator, publishing his drawings regularly with Harper's, Ulk (supplement to the Berliner Tageblatt), and Lustige Blätter. The present work was published in UIk, no. 14, in 1903.