The General’s Extravagance before the Putsch :
First had the two Ridingers sent to him
Ridinger – Lüttwitz, Walther von (Prussian General of the Infantry, commanding the troops supporting the Kapp Putsch/Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch in March 1920, 1859-1942). Autograph letter with signature in German to an art dealer. Charlottenburg near Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 32, Feb. 15, 1920. Oblong 8vo. 1 p.
“ (… Please send soon the two purchased Ridinger a(nd) inform me of the outmost price for the great painting by Triebel (Carl T., Berlin landscape and architectural painter, Dessau 1823 – Wernigerode 1885, “He is known for valuable paintings”, Nagler 1849) a(nd) the showcase. I will inform you immediately then by telegraph if I buy them. Yours faithfully General von Lüttwitz) ”.
Four weeks later he tried with the help of the “(Naval) Brigade Ehrhardt” to overthrow the government of the German Reich and to help the New York born conservative East Prussian landscape director general Wolfgang Kapp into power. In 1917 together with Admiral Tirpitz the latter had founded the Patriotic Party. After the failure of the coup d’état Kapp as Lüttwitz sought refuge abroad.
“ Lüttwitz came from a propertied family of civil servants of Silesian original nobility. Of his wife, a countess of Wengersky from Hungary, it was said … The great style the Lüttwitz lived in Berlin did not reveal such extravagances … ”
(Enzensberger, Hammerstein oder Der Eigensinn, Suhrkamp 2008, in the 2nd serialized print in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Nov. 27, 2007).
Punched. – Insignificant centerfold and really slight box pleat in the free field below right.
Offer no. 15,232 / EUR 345. / export price EUR 328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping
“ Beautiful Rugendas colour print arrived! Thanks very much for keeping me informed. Best regards ”
(Mr. J. R. L., June 11, 2004)