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After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'Mignon regrettant sa Patrie' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865033

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Photograph of a work by Ary Scheffer, the prime version of which was created in 1836 and is now in the collection of the The Dordrechts Museum, the Netherlands (DM/S/74). Inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's novel 'Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship', the image depicts Mignon, the novel's heroine, barefoot in blouse and skirt, wearing her hair down. She places her right hand on her left elbow and raises her left hand. Her gaze is directed to the viewer.

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