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Inscription

at lower left, dated in brown ink: 23. Juni 40, Nachmittags; at lower center (left): in den Tiefen schwarz/eindunkeln/grünbrünliche Farbe/in den Stämmen (darken the shadows with black/greenish brown/in the trunks); at lower center (right): Noch viel zierlicher u. schlanker/die Blättchen noch mehr perspektivisch/verkürzt/von der Sonne beleuchtete Spinnenweben (much more delicate and slender/the leaves more foreshortened/ spiderwebs catching the sunlight)

Provenance

Estate of the artist. Professor Georg Schöne, Berlin; Professor Wolfgang Schöne [1910-1989], Hamburg; Wolfgang Ratjen, Munich; purchased 2007 by NGA.

Exhibition History
2010
German Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1580 - 1900, NGA, 2010, 35, 254-255, 257, no. 98 (entry by Peter Prange).
Bibliography
1940
Schöne, Richard. Heinrich Dreber. Berlin, 1940: 197, under V, and 203, under no. 29.
2010
Robison, Andrew. "German Drawings for the National Gallery of Art: The Wolfgang Ratjen Collection." NGA Bulletin, Spring 2010: 7, 9, 10, fig. 10.