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After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'Faust à la Coupe' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865064

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Photograph of a work by Ary Scheffer, the prime version of which was created around 1856. A 1858 version of the painting is now in the collection of The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (Inv. no. ГЭ-7383 ). Inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, the image depicts the protagonist sitting in a chair facing to the left. He turns his head to the right and gazes upwards. He holds a goblet in his right hand and places it on a lectern in the background. His left hand rests the chair's left armrest.

Ary Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs