Description & Technical information

Friedrich Heinrich Füger produced a large number of finished drawings, intended as designs for engravers or for book illustrations. Indeed, as one contemporary author noted of him, ‘Füger draws frequently and takes orders for his drawings as well as his paintings, which is unusual for a painter.’

The present sheet, a portrait of Füger’s contemporary, the well-known painter Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), is typical of the artist’s refined draughtsmanship. With its thin washes and delicate strokes, it may be compared with a study of Two Young Women (The Gräfinen Tries) in the Albertina in Vienna.

Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  Germany, Austria
Medium: Pen, Over an underdrawing in pencil, Grey ink and wash
Signature: Inscribed Bildnis der Angelica Kaufman in pencil at the bottom and Heinrich friedrich füger / 1751-1818 and Füger in pencil on the verso.

Dimensions: 19.9 x 13.8 cm (7⁷/₈ x 5³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 6 July 1993, lot 282
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 1994
Private collection, Middlesex
Thence by descent.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints