Skizzenbuch, Friedrich Metz
Friedrich Metz
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Friedrich Metz

Skizzenbuch, May 1846 – July 1846

Buchblock mit Einband
169 x 110 x 13 mm
Buchblock ohne Einband
165 x 104 x 10 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper, in half cloth book covers, boards covered with stone-marbled paper
Inventory Number
SG 2755
Object Number
SG 2755 Z
Acquired in 1942
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

At the age of 26, Friedrich Metz travelled through the southwest of Baden-Württemberg and Switzerland, spending time in Breisgau, the Black Forest and at Lake Constance from late May to early June 1846. From June to mid-July, he visited Schaffhausen, Zurich, Lucerne, Lungern and Meiringen, among other places, and probably also the Rigi and Bernese Alps. On this route, which can be reconstructed using the dates and places regularly noted in the sketchbook, Metz drew numerous wide valley and above all mountain landscapes in pencil. As in the other sketchbooks used in the 1840s, these landscape sections often show individual buildings or villages in the centre (see e.g. Inv. SG 2756 and SG 2820, Städel Museum). However, especially in its second half, there are also views of completely untouched nature, mainly views over rocks and of the Alpine summits. Metz captured his travel impressions with confident strokes, partly quickly sketching, partly realising them further. For most of the landscapes he turned the portrait-format booklet by 90 degrees into landscape format.

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

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper, in half cloth book covers, boards covered with stone-marbled paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert auf dem vorderen Spiegel (mit Bleistift): Fritz Metz / angef zu Em̄endingen Mai 1846; verschiedene Notizen und Bezeichnungen des Künstlers im Buch
Captions Added Later
Auf dem vorderen Spiegel mittig rechts 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


Description / Content
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