Tischbein first mentions his projected Anakreontische Dichtungen in a letter dated 26 December 1807, but it was not until 10 February 1817 that the sequence of images and text had sufficiently formed in his mind, such that he was able to send draft of the work to Goethe, the proposed dedicatee (W. von Oettingen, Goethe und Tischbein, Weimar, 1910, under no. 19). That illustrated draft remains at Weimar, and appears to carry almost the same nine compositions, albeit with varied text, as the present album (M. Oppel, 1991, nos. 52-57).
(5) A drawing in black chalk for the five senses is in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (Kunstwanderer, May 1925, plate 4).