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After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'Lenore' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865020

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Photograph of a work by Ary Scheffer, a 1829 version of which is now in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (Inv. no. BR 1362). The original painting is inspired by Lenore, a 1773 ballad written by Gottfried August Bürger (1747-94). It shows the heroine standing in the centre, partly supported by her mother. Both figures are surrounded by various women reuniting with their partners upon their return from the Battle of Prague in 1757. Lenore's hands are dropped in despair as her fiancé is nowhere to be seen.

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)

    Gottried August Bürger
  • Acquire by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs