WAAGEN, Gustav Friedrich. 21760



Autograph Letter Signed, to Henry Mogford, explaining that on Waagen’s return from Manchester “I am constrained to return to Berlin because my leave is exhausted”. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, fine, neatly mounted. 7 Fitzroy Square, 2 August 1857. Gustav Friedrich Waagen (1794–1868), German art historian. A pamphlet on the brothers Van Eyck led to his appointment to the directorship of the newly founded Berlin Museum in 1832. The result of a journey to London and Paris was an important publication in three volumes, Kunstwerke und Künstler in England und Paris (Berlin, 1837-1839), which became the basis for his more important The Treasures of Art in Great Britain, translated by Elizabeth Eastlake, (4 vols, London, 1854 and 1857). This remains a key source for the provenance of paintings then in England.