ADOLPH MENZEL (1815 Breslau, now Wroclaw - 1905 Berlin)
Figural Study in the Welfenmuseum (Hannover)
Graphite and brush with ink in shades of grey, 236 x 146 mm
on wove paper. Inscribed by the artist with "Welf. Mus. -
(18-) 68. A.M." in the bottom right.
Provenance: Private collection Berlin
Menzel realized this drawing in 1868, while visiting the
Welfenmuseum in Hannover on his return trip from Paris. The
Welfen family is still relevant today since the current
royal family of Great Britain can be traced back to them.
Menzel's foremost interest was to inspect the exhibited arts
and crafts. Many of these sketches are still in existence.
The depiction of the man dressed in baroque garments,
pensively sitting on a lavish chair, represents an
exception. Hence, this drawing combines the artist's love
for past epochs and his talent for drawing portraits. It
presumably is the only Menzel drawing related to the
Welfenhaus, Hannover or the Lower Saxonian museum scene.