Château de Bad Homburg Gardens - Original mid-19th-century graphite drawing


An original mid-19th-century graphite drawing, Château de Bad Homburg Gardens.

A finely detailed graphite drawing of a view of the Castle or 'Schloss' gardens in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, with the White Tower of Landgrave's castle visible to the upper right. Built by Landgrave Friedrich II in the late seventeenth-century, it was inhabited by that line until 1866, when it passed to the kings of Prussia. Around the time this work was executed in the mid nineteenth-century, it had become a popular spa town - the prefix 'Bad' meaning 'Bath'. Mounted on cream coloured paper. 

Unsigned. Inscribed lower right: 'From the Schloss Garden'.
Areas of foxing and light overall age toning as shown. Vertical area of creasing to the upper centre. Small crease to the lower left corner.
14.2cm x 23cm.

This work is one of a collection of graphite drawings, mostly unsigned but with some initials, that belonged in a sketchbook with the label ‘Emily’s Book of Sketches’ that dates from around 1848 to 1852. There is no information as to who Emily was, and none of the drawings have the initial ‘E’, so it is likely this was a commonplace book collected by someone with that name, with some possible drawings done by the collector’s hand.

The owner was obviously someone of privilege and consequence, for the drawings range across a vast number of geographic locations, starting with the United Kingdom, particularly Yorkshire and Scotland, reaching all the way to Germany and Switzerland. Spa towns, seaside retreats, castles and expansive woodlands are all represented here, captured with a spirited attention to detail, and a fine eye for line, shade and handling of the graphite medium.

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Product code: JH-349

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