Emanuel von Baeyer

Image of a Girl in front of the Ruin of Heidelberg Castle. 1828

August Lucas
1803 – Darmstadt – 1863

Lithograph on chine collé. Sheet size: 41.5 x 33.5 cm. Bernhard Lade, August Lucas, Darmstadt, 1924, p. 41 with ill.; Bild vom Stein, exh. cat. Graphische Sammlung, Munich, 1961, p. 41, cat. no. 213 with ill.

Excellent impression on the full sheet. Very precisely printed, nuanced lithograph. Flawless and fresh.

Among the most beautiful of the Romantic lithographs before 1830 that were published in Frankfurt by F.E. Vogel of Brömerische Buchhandlung. This is a work of very detailed execution, with a masterly sense of light and shade and a plasticity that compares to that of a painting. A preparatory drawing in the same sense, sadly in very poor condition today, is at the Hessische Landesmuseum, Darmstadt (inv.no HZ 805). The preparatory drawing was probably directly transferred to the stone hence the damage to the drawing. A number of changes were subsequently drawn onto the stone, including the bird on the balustrade and the tendrils of vine.