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ADRIAN ZINGG (1734 St.Gallen - 1816 Leipzig)

Thümmler's Garden close to Altenburg (Thuringia)

Black ink, wash in shades of grey, 364 x 230 mm, verso titled in old graphite: "Wasserfall bei Dresden" (Eng.: Waterfall by Dresden)

Hans Wilhelm von Thümmler (1744-1824), chamberlain of the duchy Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, was renowned for his tea parties, catering to the high society of Altenburg.
In 1788 he commissioned a new English landscape garden to be created close to the town's large pond.

Zingg's concept of nature is a typical example of the period between baroque and romanticism in Dresden. The main characteristics of the Thümmler garden are embedded in an idealized nature.

Caspar David Friedrich was influenced by his style when he arrived in Dresden in 1798. Building on Zingg's work, he developed his own, unique style.

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