24 April 2009
Johann Ludwig Ernst Morgenstern (Rudolstadt 1738-1819 Frankfurt)
The interior of a Gothic cathedral by torch- and candlelight
signed, inscribed, and dated 'J.L.E. Morgenstern Francofort 1785' (lower left, on a pier)
oil on copper
20 x 17¼ in. (50.8 x 43.8 cm.)
Maximilian Freiherr Speck von Sternburg (1776-1856), Leipzig, until 1 March 1824, when it passed to
Gottlob Carl Springsfeld (d. 1870), Aachen, and by inheritance in Aachen until at least 1933 (according to an old label on the reverse).
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Maximilian Freiherr Speck von Sternburg formed one of the most celebrated art collections in Saxony, the greater part of which remains intact in the Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig.
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