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Provenance

Possibly a gift of the artist to an ancester of Adolf Gruis, Berlin and inherited by him by 1939. (sale, Gerd Rosen, Frankfurt am Main, 11-13 October 1961, no. 60). Fritz Busche, Dortmund. (Galerie Arnoldi-Livie, Munich) 1987. Wolfgang Ratjen, Munich; purchased 2007 by NGA.

Exhibition History
1992
Caspar David Friedrich: Pinturas y dibujos, Prado, Madrid, 1992, no. 96.
2006
Caspar David Friedrich, Die Erfindung der Romantik, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Kunsthalle Hamburg, 2006: 370, reproduced p. 209.
2008
L'Age d'or du romantisme allemand: aquarelles et dessins à l'époque de Goethe. Paris, Musée de la vie romantique, 2008, no. 27.
2010
German Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1580 - 1900, NGA, 2010: 19, 31, 34, 36, 38, 158-161, no. 53 (entry by Hinrich Sieveking).
Bibliography
1966
Hinz, Sigrid. "Caspar David Friedrich als Zeichner." Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Greifswald, 1966: no. 552.
1970
Sumowski, Werner. Caspar David Friedrich-Studien. Wiesbaden, 1970: 163, n. 1001, 271, pl. 122, ill. 361.
1973
Börsch-Supan, Helmut, and Karl Wilhelm Jähning. Caspar David Friedrich, Gemälde, Druckgraphik und bildmässige Zeichnungen. Munich, 1973: no. 491.

1974
Bernhard, Marianne. Caspar David Friedrich. Das gesamte graphische Werk. Munich, 1974: 533.

2001
Lachenmann, David. "Wolfgang Ratjen as Collector." Master Drawings 39 (2001): 110 and fig. 9.
2008
Börsch-Supan, Helmut. Caspar David Friedrich, Gefühl als Gesetz. Munich and Berlin, 2008: 212, n. 58.
2008
Schultz, Anna. "Nineteenth-century German Drawings in Berlin and Paris." Master Drawings 46, no. 2 (Summer 2008): 258, 259, fig. 4 (color).
2010
Kunz , Armin. “German Drawings, Washington.” Review of German Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection 1580-1900.” In Burlington 152, no. 1,291 (October 2010): 701, 702, color fig. 53.
2010
Robison, Andrew. "German Drawings for the National Gallery of Art: The Wolfgang Ratjen Collection." National Gallery of Art Bulletin 42 (Spring 2010): 11, color cover.
2011
Grummt, Christina. Caspar David Friedrich: Die Zeichnungen, Das gesamte Werk. 2 vols. Munich, 2011: 2:604-605, no. 626, color repro.