Cicada on a Laurel Branch with a View of Florence

1829
Artist Carl Gustav Carus (German, 1789–1869)


Dimensions

Sheet: 20.5 x 17 cm (8 1/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2000.1003

Medium or Technique

Graphite pencil with black chalk and touches of pen and black ink on wove paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

mounted with a transcription of Anacreon’s ode to a cicada (canto XLIII) in the hand of Carus.

Signed

the poem signed and dated at lower right in pen and brown ink:
C G. Carus / d. XXXI Marz / 1829

Markings

Label of Prince Johan Georg of Saxony, numered S.I, No. 484

Provenance

Prince Johann Georg of Saxony (1869-1938, Dresden, Lugt 1162c); possibly sold Leipzig, C. G. Boerner, 8 May 1941; Dr. Robert Ammann; Antiquariat Fritz Eggert, Stuttgart; with Kunsthandlung Helmut H. Rumbler, Frankfurt; purchased by MFA December 13, 2000

Credit Line

Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund