Skizzenbuch, Ludwig Metz
Ludwig Metz
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Ludwig Metz

Skizzenbuch, 1840

Buchblock mit Einband
197 x 133 x 10 mm
Buchblock ohne Einband
192 x 127 x 5 mm
Physical Description
Pencil, pen and brown ink, occasionally brush in grey, red and green on wove paper, in paperback, covered with marbled paper
Inventory Number
SG 2810
Object Number
SG 2810 Z
Acquired in 1942
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In June 1840, Ludwig Metz travelled through Hessia, first to Frankenberg, then, after a short detour to Haina, on to Sachsenberg, Waldeck Castle, Fritzlar and Friedberg. He captured the Church of Our Lady in Frankenberg and the collegiate church of St. Peter zu Fritzlar in a series of precise drawings and detailed images, which document his great interest in Gothic architecture.

This fascination with the Middle Ages also defines the further studies in this sketchbook: the views of the cathedral and Kalsmunt Castle in Wetzlar, drawn in August 1840, or Hohenstein Castle near Frankfurt ‒ although some of them are also realised in almost identical form in a sketchbook by the older Friedrich Metz from the same year (see Inv. SG 2756, Städel Museum). According to the brothers’ dates, the depictions in question were made at slightly different times, so that a joint drawing on the spot can be ruled out. The similarity of the drawings with regard to both the chosen picture details and the perspectives is so striking, however, that they allow no other conclusion than that the young draughtsmen Friedrich and Ludwig Metz studied after the same models or even exchanged their sketchbooks occasionally in order to copy motifs of interest to them from one another.

The undated studies of Gothic buildings or architectural details from Frankfurt, Erfurt, Naumburg and Magdeburg, scattered between Hessian motifs, as well as the drawings of the churches in Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, of St. John in Wiltshire and of the collegiate church of St. Peter and Alexander in Aschaffenburg were probably based on other drawings.

For a full sketchbook description, please see “Research”.

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil, pen and brown ink, occasionally brush in grey, red and green on wove paper, in paperback, covered with marbled paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Datiert im vorderen Spiegel oben rechts (mit Bleistift): angefangen im Frühjahr 40; verschiedene Notizen und Bezeichnungen des Künstlers im Buch
Bezeichnet im vorderen Spiegel oben links (mit Bleistift): L. Metz
Captions Added Later
Auf dem vorderen Spiegel Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
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Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1942

Research and Discussion


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