Skizzenbuch, Ludwig Metz
Ludwig Metz
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Ludwig Metz

Skizzenbuch, 1868 – 1884

Buchblock mit Einband
161 x 104 x 6.5 mm
Buchblock ohne Einband
161 x 104 x 8 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper, in paperback, covered with stone-marbled paper, front with blank label
Inventory Number
SG 2815
Object Number
SG 2815 Z
Acquired in 1942
Not on display


About the Work

The drawings in this small sketchbook are only partly dated and mostly barely legible; the dates span the years 1868 (August/September), 1870 (June), 1883 and 1884 (February) ‒ not always in chronological order and even the decipherable topographical details are somewhat disparate. The journey in spring 1868 seems to have led Metz along the river Lahn further into Alsace (?). In June 1870, he drew at Lake Geneva and in Italy, among other places in Rome, near Ariccia and on Monte Mario, and, in February 1884, apparently again in Italy. Except for a sky subtly coloured with blue pencil, all drawings are made with pencil and mostly in landscape format, mainly sketched out quickly.

He depicted mainly full-page views of the landscape, with a striking, often dilapidated building or village in the centre, and very often depictions of fountains, and occasionally aqueducts and dams. In view of this motif, which remained the same over the course of several journeys, one might think that Metz structured his sketchbooks thematically, at least occasionally, and in this case focused on buildings connected with the provision and regulation of water.

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

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper, in paperback, covered with stone-marbled paper, front with blank label
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Verschiedene Notizen und Bezeichnungen des Künstlers im Buch
Datiert und bezeichnet auf dem vorderen Spiegel von fremder Hand (mit Bleistift): L. Metz 1868
Captions Added Later
Auf dem vorderen Spiegel Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

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

Research and Discussion


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