Ludwig Metz took this sketchbook, dated 1873, with him on his journey through northern Italy, from Brescia to Bergamo, to Lake Maggiore and on to Turin, Torre Pellice and Genoa. On the differently coloured sketchbook pages, he drew landscape, architectural and urban motifs with a pencil in relatively regular intervals, most of which he inscribed and sometimes added coloured notes to. He also noted down a planned itinerary from Genoa via Recco and Rapallo to Sestri Levante. The drawings are characterised by fast, strong strokes, with which he sometimes also set rich shades and which he occasionally accentuates with a brush in brown. With double-page drawings, he seems to have not been bothered by a change of paper colours, just as he did not include them in his other designs. A few full-page sheets contain addresses and notes. ‒ See also the sketchbook SG 2742 in the Städel Museum, which probably documents another part of the same trip.
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