A Prussian Officer's Quarters


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This interior view, clearly dificient in perspective, may have been painted by a Prussian cavalry officer. The trappings of an army officer - green and red military jacket hung over a chair back, plumed helmet, sword belt, three swords - indicate an officer's quarters. Pale wood furniture in the practical Biedermeier style, trellis-patterned wallpaper and simple white curtains create a quiet environment for sleep and study. Further details include a book-lined desk, a zither placed on the skirted table in front of the sofa and fencing gear hung on the fire screen next to the large black iron stove.

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  • Title: A Prussian Officer's Quarters
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1830
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw CollectionEx. Coll.: Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY, Frick Museum. An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections, 1992.New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library. From Romanticism to Realism: German Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1998.
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 39.7 x 50.2 x 2.5 cm (15 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 14.9 x 27.7 cm (5 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection. (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008), 52, fig. 33; 86, pl. 13.Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections. (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 42-43 [Illus.].
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor, pen and ink, graphite on white wove paper