Album of 6 Watercolour drawings on vellum

[Retzsch (Friedrich August Moritz), attributed to]

Album of 6 Watercolour drawings on vellum

illustrating poems by Ludwig Uhland.

Description: drawings in watercolour on vellum panels (100 x 142 mm) mounted on album leaves (approx 270 x 210 mm), these leaves with double gilt ruled borders and with tissue guards (some guards with pencil tracing on them), 1 of the vellum panels lifting slightly from its mount, other blank leaves, the texts written in a scrawling hand (typical of the period), presumably Retzsch's, oblong 4to, contemporary presentation vellum, elaborate gilt tooled borders on sides, initials C. R. in gilt at the centre of the upper cover, spine gilt, gilt inner dentelles, pale blue watered silk doublures and facing end-paper (bookplate removed), gilt edges, slightly warped, in its original velvet lined purple straight-grained morocco folding box, the velvet browned, some wear and abrasions to box, the catch not catching

Publication Details: [?Tübingen: c. 1830]

Notes: Unsigned (Retzsch was in the habit of not signing his works) illustrations to poems by Ludwig Uhland, the first being Der blinde König (first published in 1815). All the circumstantial evidence points to Retzsch as the artist. Retzsch (1779-1857) achieved international fame with illustrations to classics of world literature. Among the most popular are Goethe's 'Faust' and Schiller's poem 'The Song of the Bell'. He does not seem to have published any illustrations for Uhland, though of course Uhland is 'right up his street.' Retzsch was very popular in England, where works of his were publishe...more

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Price: £7,500

Subject: Art & Architecture

Published Date: c. 1830]

Stock Number: 65599

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