Another more finished, signed and dated drawing of the same composition is in Frankfurt at the Städel Museum (inv. no. 12980).1
Our study appears to be an earlier stage in the development of this figure, which shows a more rapid approach to the subject, concentrating on the basic outlines and using less chalk than in the Frankfurt drawing. It has not been possible to connect this young woman to any figure in Menzel's known painted oeuvre
, however it is plausible that the Frankfurt drawing was the final stage, as many of Menzel's late drawings were executed as works of art in their own right.
1. H. Ebertshäuser, Adolph von Menzel das graphische werk, 2 vols, Munich 1976, vol II, p. 1331, reproduced