25 January 2005
Adolph Friedrich von Menzel (Breslau 1815-1905 Berlin)
Four studies of a hedgehog
with inscription '4494' (verso)
black chalk, pastel on light brown paper
6 x 8 7/8 in. (154 x 227 mm.)
The artist's estate.
With Galerie Abels, Cologne.
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H. von Tschudi, Adolph von Menzel, Munich, 1905, no. 210.
Berlin, Königlische National-Galerie, Ausstellung von Werken Adolph von Menzels, 1905, no. 4494.
Two preparatory drawings in pencil made in connection with the present work are in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, nos. N2229 and N2230. The group can be dated to 1840-45. Menzel was clearly very attached to the present drawing as he kept it in his own collection until his death.
These hedgehogs do not appear in a painted composition by Menzel, but seem to have been intended as a finished composition similar to the drawings of animals in watercolor and bodycolor in the so-called Kinderalbum painted in the 1860s and 1870s for his sister's children and now in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (M.U. Riemann-Reyher, Adolph von Menzel: das Kinderalbum, Berlin, 1997).
Dr Marie Ursula Riemann-Reyher confirmed the attribution to the previous owner.
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