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Tuesday 2 July 2024

Ludwig Richter’s etching, “Genoveva”, 1848

Ludwig Richter (aka Adrian Ludwig Richter) (1803–1884)

“Genoveva”, 1848, published for the Saxon Art Association members of 1848 in Dresden.

Etching on wove paper, trimmed with a margin around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 41 x 24.5 cm; (image borderline) 31.5 x 17.9 cm.

Lettered above the image borderline: “Genoveva”.

Lettered below the image borderline: “Der Saechsische Kunstverein semen Mitgliedern Für das Jahr 1848 [The Saxon Art Association and its members for the year 1848]/ L. RICHTER INV. and SCULP.”.

Johann Friedrich Hoff in his catalogue of Richter’s works (2nd edition, 1922) offers the following description of this print: (Transl.] “Tall trees rise above a rocky cave and intertwine to form a canopy of leaves, through the middle of which only a light shines; in the background you can see grazing deer. Genoveva with Schmerzenreich and the hind sits in the sunshine on a flowery lawn next to a spring, peacefully surrounded by birds and animals of the forest.” (p. 82, cat. no. 446).

Hoff 446 (Johann Friedrich Hoff 1922, “Adrian Ludwig Richter, Maler und Radierer; Verzeichnis seines gesamten graphischen Werkes” [2nd edition], Freiburg, Br. G. Ragoczy, pp. 81–82, cat. no. 264 [see]).

The British Museum offers a description of a later impression of this print (1874) with the line of text below the image erased:

Condition: a strong impression trimmed within the platemark and laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in a very good condition with no tears, folds or significant stains, but there is minor scuffing of the image borderline lines at upper right.

I am selling this remarkably fine and exceptionally beautiful etching showing Genevieve of Brabant and her son being fed by a roe deer—I understand that Genevieve was an outcast forced to live in a cave with her son for six years following being falsely accused of adultery (see—for AU$276 in total (currently/approximately US$183.53/EUR171.20/GBP145.38 at the time of posting this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries. Note that payment is in Australian dollars (AU$276) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in acquiring this extraordinary etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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