JOHANN GOTTFRIED KLINSKY (Dresden-Neustadt 1765 - Ulm 1827)

A Gnarled Oak Tree Sold

Black ink and grey wash.
Signed, inscribed and dated Klinsky / del: nach der Natur / bey Lingij im Novbre / 1785 at the lower right.
Indistinctly inscribed Klinksy.... [?] (partially cut off) on the verso.
390 x 295 mm. (15 3/8 x 11 5/8 in.)


Drawn in November 1785 while Klinsky was a student in Dresden, this is an early work by the artist, then aged twenty. Among the handful of extant non-architectural drawings by the artist is a landscape in Saxony which, like the present sheet, was also in the Strähuber collection.

The present sheet was once part of the collection of drawings, prints and books assembled by the physician Dr. Anton Strähuber (1877-1939), who was the grandson of the Munich history painter Alexander Strähuber (1814-1882), from whom he may have inherited the drawing.

Possibly Alexander Strähuber, Munich
Dr. Anton Strähuber, Munich (Inv. 1508)
Thence by descent until 2014.

Johann Gottfried KLINSKY

A Gnarled Oak Tree


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