7 June 2001
Adolf Hirémy Hirschl (1860-1933)
Study of the head of St Cecilia, possibly for 'Ahasver'
black and white chalk, on buff paper
9 3/8 x 12½ in. (23.8 x 31.8 cm.)
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London, Matthiesen Fine Art, Adolf Hirémy Hirschl, 11 June-31 July 1987, no. 6, illustrated.
The present drawing is thought to be a sketch depicting St Cecilia for the 1889 painting Ahasver, based on Stefan Heim's novel. The picture is described in Kunstlexicon, Leipzig, 1924, as showing 'gewissen präraffaelitischen' touches.
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