Ludwig Metz used this sketchbook far more for notes and quick design drawings than for detailed architectural or travel studies. Only a few dates can be found at the beginning of the book; they span the years 1840 (September), 1843 (November) and 1845 (May). During this period, Ludwig Metz must have repeatedly spent time in Baden-Württemberg, in Maulbronn, possibly Rastatt, Donaueschingen and, most recently, at Fremersberg in the Black Forest. At the Cistercian monastery in Maulbronn, he was especially interested in the choir stalls, drew views of the nave and the monastery gate. Besides a view over the landscape near Donaueschingen and a half-timbered house at the river Lahn, these are the most elaborate drawings in this book. In addition, Metz included handwritten lists, calculations and remarks, and, on various occasions, quick architectural sketches and constructions, without detailed locations. At Fremersberg, he was evidently involved in a land survey.
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