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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Adolph Menzel, German (Breslau, Prussia [now Wroclav, Poland] 1815 - 1905 Berlin, Germany)
Head of a Woman
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Graphite, stumped, on off-white wove paper
20.9 x 12.9 cm (8 1/4 x 5 1/16 in.)
[Scott and Fowles, New York]; acquired from them by Grenville L. Winthrop, April 1923 ($350); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

James Watrous, The Craft of Old-Master Drawings, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI, 1957), pg. 145

Annette Schlagenhauff, Adolph Menzel: Works in Harvard Collections, exh. cat., Busch-Reisinger Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1991), pp. 30-31

Claude Keisch and Marie Ursula Riemann-Reyher, Adolph Menzel, 1815-1905: Between Romanticism and Impressionism, exh. cat., ed. Claude Keisch, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, 1996), pg. 451

Michael Fried, Menzel's Realism: Art and Embodiment in Nineteenth-Century Berlin, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2002), pp. 226, 292, n. 23

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), cat. no. 138, repr. (color)

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 158-159, 284, repr. p. 157 as fig. 4

Exhibition History

19th-Century German Drawings and Watercolors, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 07/01/1981 - 08/31/1981

German Art of the Latter 19th Century, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 11/08/1982 - 12/31/1982

From the Realists to the Expressionists: Works on Paper by Central European Artists from 1870 to 1918, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 03/14/1983 - 04/29/1983

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/2017 - 05/07/2017

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