(Breslau 1815 - Berlin 1905)
The Head of a Bearded Man, Facing Right
Signed with initials A.M. at the lower left.
Inscribed Handzeichnung von Ad. v. Menzel, / auf sein Tod mir von seiner Schwester / Frau Krigar-Menzel geschenkt. / Dr. FSchmidt-Ott on the old backing board.
126 x 73 mm. (5 x 2 7/8 in.)
The present sheet may be dated to the second half of the 1880s, by comparison with a small sketchbook of that approximate date, with pages of similar size and containing a number of analogous head studies, in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin. A closely comparable late drawing of a bearded man, of identical dimensions and possibly from the same sketchbook, was sold at auction in Germany in 2013.
According to the inscription on the old backing board, this small undated drawing was given by Menzel’s sister Emilie Krigar-Menzel, following the artist’s death, to Dr. Friedrich Schmidt-Ott (1860-1956), a noted politician and lawyer who served at the Prussian Ministry of Culture from 1888 onwards, and was appointed Prussian Minister of Culture in 1917.
Anonymous sale, Auctionata Paddle 8 AG, 21 June 2013, lot 9
Anonymous sale, Berlin, Villa Grisebach, 3 June 2015, lot 237