Marcus Behmer

Prinzessin Kolibri


ink, watercolor and gold color over pencil 


Marcus Behmer (Weimar 1879-1958 Berlin) 

Prinzessin Kolibri (Princess Kolibri)


ink, watercolor, and gold color over pencil on paper

29,6 × 22,2 cm (11 5/8 x 8 3/4 in.) 

monogrammed "MB." below the image, center

titled, dated, inscribed and signed underneath: "Prinzessin Kolibri 1903 (Wiener Verlag)?? in alter Dankbarkeit Ihr Marcus Behmer" ["Prinzessin Kolibri 1903 (Wiener Verlag)?? With great gratitude, yours Marcus Behmer]


Fine, harmonious overall appearance. The paper with irregular minor time staining. Approx. 7,6 cm above the bottom edge, a parallel running crease. The sheet edges without tears or losses. The upper left and the lower right corner each with a diagonal slight crease (max. 1,6 cm). At each of the corners, a minuscule mounting hole. Isolated dark scuff marks in the extreme margins. With isolated minuscule light brown stains. Somewhat lightly soiled. Ultraviolet light reveals no retouchings or repairs. On the reverse in the upper corners, a remnant of former paper mounting, on the left with slight thinning. Isolated faint scuff marks.


This drawing is a study for Behmer's illustrations for the book by Hans von Kahlenberg, Die sieben Geschichten der Prinzessin Kolibri, 1904.

the full sheet, with dedication:
Compare with illustration on page 55 of Die sieben Geschichten der Prinzessin Kolibri:
Hans von Kahlenberg 
Die sieben Geschichten der Prinzessin Kolibri
Wien: Wiener Verlag, 1904, 
illustration by Marcus Behmer as published at pg. 55
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