Portrait of Carl Philipp Fohr

Samuel Amsler (German, born Switzerland, 1791-1849) and Carl Barth (German, 1787-1853)1818

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This print was made by two artists as a memorial to their friend—a fellow German artist—who drowned while swimming in the Tiber River in Rome. Such “friendship portraits” were common in the early nineteenth century, especially among artists who lived or worked together as they traveled through Europe. Samuel Amsler used the technique of engraving to refer to Germany’s distinguished history in that medium, and he also clothed his friend in Renaissance garb. Such connections to the past were aspects of the Romantic ideal shared by the artists.

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  • Title: Portrait of Carl Philipp Fohr
  • Creator: Samuel Amsler (German, born Switzerland, 1791-1849), Carl Barth (German, 1787-1853)
  • Date Created: 1818
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 14.5 x 11.4 cm (5 11/16 x 4 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: John S. Phillips, Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, C.G. Boerner, New York, NY, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2018.305
  • Medium: engraving and etching on wove paper
  • Inscriptions: In plate: “C. FOHR PICTOR HEIDELBERG.S/OB. 1818/AET. 22” upper right; three monograms of artists lower left., Inscription, graphite, verso: “G861 / S. Amsler Sc”
  • Fun Fact: This print was made to commemorate the friendship between the two artists who made it, and the sitter, who had drowned while swimming in the Tiber River in Rome.
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: Germany, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Margaret and Peter Dobbins
  • Collection: PR - Engraving
  • Accession Number: 2018.305

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