Heinrich Schlitt German Medieval Costume Studies -Original 1875 graphite drawing


An original 1875 graphite drawing, Heinrich Schlitt German Medieval Costume Studies.

This striking sheet of illustrations is by German illustrator Heinrich Schlitt (1849-1923) and dates from 1875, relatively early on in the artist’s career. Born in Biebrich-Mosbach in Nassau in 1849, Heinrich Schlitt is best known for his humorous illustrations and designs featuring dwarves, sagas and fairy tales. Schlitt first received teaching from Wiesbaden artist Kaspar Kögler, then went on to study at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich with Wilhelm Lindenschmit from 1875 – the date of this drawing.

Schlitt worked successfully as an illustrator for the Illustrated Newspaper and the magazines Overland and Sea, Daheim and Schalk – his work became well known to the public through these magazines. He also worked as one of principal artists for the ceramics firm Villeroy and Boch, in particular designing drinking vessels, which are now highly collectable. His highly regarded painted frescoes also adorn the walls of the Rathskeller (town hall) in Munich and Wiesbaden.

Here Schlitt has drawn a number studies of Medieval German costume features, including headpieces and jewellery. The distinctive heavy outlining to some of the illustrations give the appearance of medieval stained glass artwork – and indeed one is inscribed ‘Nach eine Glascheibe’ or ‘After a glass pane’. Each illustration is inscribed in German, including: ‘Goldkappe mit seinen Schleier darmuster c.1490’ (gold cap with its veil patterns); ‘Goldhaube mit Schleien - eine Ohrmuschel mit Perlen besetzt circa 1490’ (gold hood with loops – an ear shell with pearls circa 1490) and ‘Edelmann c.1480 mit Goldkette’ (nobleman c.1480 with gold necklace).

The drawing is presented in a cream window mount, secured at the top corners with hinging tape.

Signed and dated lower left. The back of the mount is extensively inscribed in German, describing the work as Costume Studies, Munich 1875, signed and dated Heinrich Schlitt 75, 31 x 24.5cm. The inscription makes reference to the published sheet of the drawing being early work of Schlitt, the German art historian Josef Adolf Schmoll named Eisenwerth, and a lithograph published in 1877.

Some age toning as shown, minor creasing towards the corners of the sheet, and two pin holes to the centre of the upper edge. The edges of the sheet are irregularly cut as shown.

30.7cm x 24cm.
Mount: 48 x 40 cm. Unframed.

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Product code: JG-026

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