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ID number:  BIRBI-2005.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Herwegen, Peter (1814-1893)
Title / Object name:  Memories
Object type:  Watercolour
Culture:  German
Date made:  1873
Materials:  Watercolour over pencil, partly highlighted with gouache in gold
Measurements:  326 x 440 mm
Provenance:  Emanuel von Baeyer, 2005

This watercolour is an allegory of the arts commissioned by the Buhler family of Berne. Alongside the attributes of painting, sculpture and architecture the intricate gothic design includes the Swiss city’s heraldic bear and key landmarks. The composition emulates the illuminated capitals of medieval manuscripts. The mottoes placed in the lower margin are by Ludwig I of Bavaria and the poet Emanuel Gaibel amongst others.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed with monogram.
G. Buhler, as a commission, note on verso.

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