The James Isidor Kaiser Estate Part II - Important Old Masters, Decorative Art from the 15th-19th Centuries and a Magnificent Clock Collection

Hans Baldung Called Grien (1484-1545), Head of a Bearded Man in Profile

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Pen, black ink and grey wash heightened with white on brown prepared paper


1519

Dated 1519 (lower left).

12.5 x 8.8 cm

Provenance: Delius Giese Gallery London, 1927;
Estate of Isidor Kaiser, Copenhagen-Hamburg. L.4240

Note: See a translation of a correspondence between Gert Christian von der Osten and the Kaiser estate concerning the drawing:

Prof. Dr. Gert von der Osten
5000 Cologne 91
Overather Str. 9

February 2nd, 1977

Dear Mr. Kaiser,

From the enclosed photocopy of a letter that I wrote on 22 July 1976 addressed to the late Mr. James I. Kaiser, you see my concern [interest].

My colleague Dr. Erik Fischer from the Kupferstichkabinett in Copenhagen was kind enough to find the addresses of his three [two] heirs with the help of your relative’s executor and to give them to me.

My request emerges from the photocopy. I would like to know where the drawing assigned to Hans Baldung Grien is today and I would also like to have a photograph of it, of course at my expense.

Perhaps I should like to say that you would be of great help to my scientific work, but that it cannot be a matter of indifference to the owner of the sheet whether or not it is included in the work in progress on Corpus.

With warm thanks in advance for a friendly help or information, I am with binding greetings

Gert Christian von der Osten (1910-1983) was a German art historian and museum director. From 1960 to 1975 he was general director of the museums of the city of Cologne and director of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum as well as professor of art history at the University of Cologne.