Caspar David Friedrich
- Caspar David Friedrich
- Blick auf Arkona, Rügen (View towards Arkona, Rügen)
- pen and ink, brush and ink, pencil and wash on paper
Acquired circa 1900 by the family of the present owners; thence by descent
A watercolour by Carl Beckmann of Prinz Wilhelm and Marianne von Hessen-Homburg's apartment in the Berliner Stadtschloss, made shortly after their wedding in 1804, clearly shows four drawings of Rügen by Friedrich adorning their bedroom. Judging by the size of the room it appears that the drawings were approximately the same size as the present work, leading Helmut Börsch-Supan to surmise that the present drawing might be one of the four that hung in the Stadtschloss until Prince Wilhelm's death in 1851. Rügen's dramatic coast went on to inspire one of Friedrich's most iconic paintings, Chalk Cliffs of Rügen of 1818 (Oskar Reinhart Museum, Winterthur).