Rethel, Alfred (Diepenbend near Aachen 1816 – Dusseldorf 1859). The Death as a Friend. The old tower watcher died in his chair with the death tolling the bell for him. Woodcut by Richard Julius Jungtow (b. Dresden 1828). (1851.) Inscribed in the subject: J. Jungtow sc. / AR, under that in German: From the preferred impressions edited by the Kunstwart / Alfred Rethel, otherwise as above. 11⅞ × 10¾ in (30.2 × 27.4 cm).

Zoege von Manteuffel 25, here in the impression not mentioned there as addition to the periodical KUNSTWART (1887-1937, of which only till 1894 with the independent KUNSTWART itself) on wide-margined laidlike heavy paper. – Lower leaf-edge with acid-freely backed small tear and faint tidemark and a slight trace of discoloration shining through from back due to lateral traces of old framing.

THE  FAMOUS  SUJET  counted by Thieme-Becker among the “important woodcut compositions” and expressly noted per Jungtow as well as also the drawing in Dresden by Boetticher.

Offer no. 15,023 / sold

„ Lieber Herr Niemeyer, Ich freue mich über Ihr selten gewordenes Qualitätsempfinden! Ein einwandfreies Exemplar des Goltzius wäre mir schon auch lieber! MfG “

(Herr M. N., 21. April 2015)