Johann Heinrich Hintze
1800 – 1862
View of the bedroom of Countess Alphonse de Bruges, born Henriette de Golowkin, in Berlin
Signed and dated H. Hintze 1839 lower right. Inscribed on top of the mountBerlin, chez ma mère bien aimée [Berlin, at my beloved mother’s]and Naissance de mon fils dans cette chambre/ 19 octobre 1834/ un beau jour dans ma vie [Birth of my son in this bedroom / 19 October 1834 / a beautiful day in my life ] at the bottom.
Watercolor on graphite.
142 x 285 mm (Feuille 173 x 285 mm) – 5 9/16x 11 1/4 in. (Feuille 613/16x 11 1/4 in.)
Provenance: Marie-Charlotte Apollonie de Bruges (1802 – 1893), wife of Henri Michel Scipion, marquis de la Rochelambert (1789 – 1863); by descent to present owner.
An excellent example of drawing as support to family memories, this view of a bedroom at Countess Alphonse de Bruges in Berlin was kept with numerous other documents in an amicorum album gathered by the countess’s daughter, Apollonie de Bruges, to keep together the most important souvenirs and mementos of her life. Born in Berlin in a monarchist family who had emigrated under the French Revolution, Apollonie de Bruges came back to Paris to be educated in the Augustinian ladies’ convent, where she befriended Georges Sand. In 1822, she married Count de Rochelambert.
Johan Heinrich Hintze is a painter who specialized in landscapes and architectural views. He was trained in landscape painting on porcelain at the Royal Manufacture of Porcelain in Berlin. During a study trip, he entered the service of Frederick Francis I, grand duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Back in Berlin in 1830, he joined a group of painters who specialized in landscape and architectural views, and he regularly took part in exhibitions organized by the Academy. Appointed personal painter and draughtsman to future emperor Friedrich III, he had the opportunity to accompany him during his travels.
Some of his paintings are in the Märkisches Museum in Berlin.
condition report – Traces of the old mount on the edges, on the verso.