(Breslau 1815 - Berlin 1905)
Portrait of Fraulein Hanna Maercker
Signed and dated Menzel/ Sept. 1848 at the lower left.
221 x 180 mm. (8 3/4 x 7 1/8 in.)
This charming watercolour by Menzel is a portrait of the Maercker’s eldest daughter, Johanna (Hanna) Maercker (1839-1918), at the age of nine. Little else is known of Hanna Maercker, apart from her marriage to Julius Albert in 1857. A black chalk drawing by Menzel of the same young girl, though perhaps a year or two earlier in date, is in the collection of the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin.
A stylistically similar watercolour portrait of the Maercker’s young son Max asleep, datable to around the same time as the present sheet, has appeared on the German art market in recent years. Also comparable is a third watercolour of the Maercker children; a double portrait of Hanna and Max Maercker seated at a table, dated 1848.
By descent to E. Maercker, Halberstadt, by 1905 Private collection, Southern Germany
Anonymous sale, Berlin, Villa Grisebach, 27 November 2009, lot 3
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 14 December 2016, lot 56.