Skizzenbuch, Johann Erdmann Gottlieb Prestel
Johann Erdmann Gottlieb Prestel
Skizzenbuch
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Johann Erdmann Gottlieb Prestel

Skizzenbuch, 1822 – 1823 ?


Buchblock mit Einband
241 x 340 x 16 mm
Buchblock ohne Einband
236 x 331 x 5 mm
Physical Description
Pencil, pen and brown and darkgrey ink, brush in darkgrey on wove paper, in half leather book covers with leather corners, boards covered with marbled paper
Inventory Number
SG 3078
Object Number
SG 3078 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1954 from the artist’s estate
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Johann Erdmann Gottlieb Prestel, who became a renowned painter of soldiers, horses and hunting in the 1830s, obviously used this sketchbook at the beginning of his artistic career. According to the occasional dates, the drawings were made between 1821 and 1823, partly in and near Munich, where Prestel continued his studies, and partly in Tyrol. The first pages are mainly filled with studies of horses, which Prestel apparently drew at a military stud farm and observed closely, but still executed rather stiffly and with frequent use of an eraser (see the ‘eraser crumbs’ between the pages mentioned in the situation report). Some of the drawings may have been removed for later use. In the book’s second half, during a walk through Tyrol, the depictions of horses and riders give way to landscape views and figure studies, especially of men in traditional Tyrolean costumes. Not all drawings in the book are by Prestel; one page with profile portraits bears the signatures of fellow artists ‒ the painter Schäffer, who has not yet been identified, and the Munich portrait painter Joseph Bernhardt (1805‒1885), who also made the drawing of a forester from Schwaz in this sketchbook.

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

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Skizzenbuch
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil, pen and brown and darkgrey ink, brush in darkgrey on wove paper, in half leather book covers with leather corners, boards covered with marbled paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Wenige Bezeichnungen des Künstlers im Buch
Captions Added Later
Auf dem vorderen Spiegel sowie allen Blättern (Nachlass-?)Stempel des Künstlers: JOH. GOTTL. PRESTEL / K. ÖST. u. H. NASS. HOFMALER / GEB. 19. IV. 1804 FRANKF. / † 1. VII. 1885 MAINZ
Auf dem vorderen und hinteren Spiegel Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Bl. 5, 9, 19, 21, 25: J Whatman [in Kapitälchen] / 1821

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1954 from the artist’s estate

Research and Discussion

Research

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Last update

10.04.2024