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Der Tod als Freund (Death the Friend)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1931,0721.66

  • Title (object)

    • Der Tod als Freund (Death the Friend)
  • Description

    Death tolling the church bells for the aged man seated on the right; stairs to left; view into the distance with setting sun in the background. 1851 Wood-engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1851
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 415 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 340 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image with artist's initials and 'J. Jungtow', below the image, with title, production and publication details: 'Herausgegeben aus der Akademie der Holzschneidekunst von H. Bürkner in Dresden' and 'Erschienen bei Ed. Schulte (J.Buddeus'sche Buch- und Kunsthandl. in Düsseldorf.' and 'Druck von Breitkopf und Härtel in Leipzig'.
  • Curator's comments

    Edward Burne-Jones greatly admired Rethel and wanted to produce '100.000 woodcuts as big as "Death the Friend" or bigger, (G.Burne-Jones, vol I, London, 1993, p. 255) cf Bartrum: 'Dürer and his Legacy', 2002, cat. 273

  • Bibliography

    • Manteuffel 1926 25 (iib) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (German XIXc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1931

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1931,0721.66

Death personified pulling the strings attached to the church bells; the ringer, dead or asleep, is seated in an armchair in the back right corner of the room; stairs to l; view into the distance with rising sun in the background. 1851  Wood-engraving

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Death personified pulling the strings attached to the church bells; the ringer, dead or asleep, is seated in an armchair in the back right corner of the room; stairs to l; view into the distance with rising sun in the background. 1851 Wood-engraving

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