(Breslau 1815 - Berlin 1905)
Men and Soldiers at a Shooting Range
Signed and inscribed Wollen Sie obiger Kritzelung / irgendwo ihren Mappen ein Ruhe örtchen / gönnen in Herzlicher Hochachtung / Menzel in pencil in the margin of the sheet, at the lower right.
210 x 290 mm. (8 1/4 x 11 3/8 in.) [image]
299 x 391 mm. (11 3/4 x 15 3/8 in.) [sheet]
Given the impressive margins of the sheet, this drawing may have been intended as a design for a lithograph or wood engraving, although no print of this subject is known. The dedication written in the artist’s distinctive handwriting in the margins of the drawing may be approximately translated as ‘Would you give this little doodle a small resting place somewhere in your portfolios? With heartfelt respects, Menzel.’
Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd., London, in 2006