Drei sitzende Kinder und ein Kinderköpfchen, Aquarellproben. Mid 1860s. Pencil drawing. With estate stamp in lower left (not in Lugt). On wove paper. 12,5 x 18,3 cm (4,9 x 7,2 in), the full sheet. Sketch, partly painted over with watercolors. Watercolor study of two arms holding yarn on verso.
We are grateful to Dr. Claude Keisch, formerly National Gallery Berlin, for the expeert advice and the confirmation of authenticity on the basis of photographs.
PROVENANCE: Art Shop Julius Böhler, Munich.
The depicted children are presumably Menzel's niece Margarete and his nephew Otto (born 1860 and 1861 respectively), which he painted several times. [CB]