The library of Count Lanckoronski reveals the scholarly interests of a wealthy nobleman. The walls are lined with leatherbound volumes, antique sculptures, porcelains, silver objects, and hunting trophies. The floor is covered by a Persian rug. Tufted armchairs in the Regency style are upholstered in dark green leather. A large library table is covered with a patterned cloth; piles of books are placed on top. A brass chandelier is hung, centered, above the table.


  • Title: The Library in the Apartment of Count Lanckoronski in Vienna, Riemergasse 8
  • Creator: Rudolf von Alt
  • Date Created: 1881
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache, graphite on white wove paper
  • Signed: Lower right: R. Alt. [1]881
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Thomas le Claire Kunsthandel, Hamburg (This has to be checked.); Lanckoronski Collection, Vienna;
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY,Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.
  • Dimensions: Old frame H x W x D: 55.9 x 71.1 x 4 cm (22 in. x 28 in. x 1 9/16 in.)Sheet: 31.5 x 44.2 cm (12 3/8 x 17 3/8 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), 60, fig. 47; 134, pl. 70.Walter Koschatzky, "Rudolf von Alt, 1812-1905," Salzburg, 1975, p. 289, no. AV. 81/09.Ludwig Havesi, "Rudolf Alt - Sein Leben und sein Werk," edited by Karl M. Kuzmany, Vienna, 1911, p. 77.

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