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Portrait of Duke Karl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.
[Weimar, after 1775]. - 590 x 460 mm. Pastel on vellum. Framed and glazed. Unsigned, undated half length portrait of the Duke (1757-1828), Goethe's friend and patron, in his early twenties. The work of an unidentified Thuringian master is probably identical with that listed as no. 19 in Hans Wahl's census: "Pastellgemälde von unbekannter Hand. 1775-80". In 1925, when Wahl conducted his study, the painting was kept at Dornburg's Rococo Castle. Goethe frequently stayed at this Ducal palace when in Dornburg on business. The painting is probably based on the oil painting by Johann Ernst Heinsius (Wahl no. 14), but with softer contours and brighter colours, as common for pastel crayons. - Two tears of about eight centimetres each neat top and bottom edge of paper, professionally restored. Occasional rubbing to colours; some overpaintings and staining. Ownership of the anthroposophical physician Karl Hanno Matthiolius (1923-91), dated Solingen-Landwehr, 28 Nov. 1945, on the reverse. H. Wahl, "Die Bildnisse Carl Augusts von Weimar" (Weimar 1925), no. 19.
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