(Breslau 1815 - Berlin 1905)
Portrait of Eduard Heinrich Kamke
Signed with initials and dated A. M. 51. at the lower right.
Inscribed Eduard Heinrich Kamke. / geb. 2/11 1806. gest. 24/6 1866. / gezeichnet von Menzel 1851. / Rosine Mathilda Kamke / geb. Heumann. / geb. 16/8 1827. gest. 1/3 1900 on a label formerly attached to the old backing board.
125 x 93 mm. (4 7/8 x 3 5/8 in.) at greatest dimensions.
The earliest known owner of this drawing was the toy manufacturer, merchant and prominent art collector Max (Maximilian) Minkowski (c.1851-1924), who lived in the East Prussian city of Königsberg (today Kaliningrad in Russia). He assembled a fine collection of furniture, oriental rugs and French art, and also served as French consul in Königsberg. Minkowski, whose younger brother Hermann was a noted mathematician, died childless, and his collection, including the present sheet, was dispersed at auction in Berlin in 1925.
His posthumous sale, Berlin, Rudolph Lepke, 12-15 May 1925, lot 242 (sold for 528 Marks)
Dr. Jansen, Berlin
His posthumous sale, Berlin, Internationales Kunst-und-Auktions Haus, 8-9 December 1933, lot 77 (sold for 200 Reichsmarks)
Anonymous sale, Berlin, Villa Grisebach, 25 November 2015, lot 213