Schumann around 1826

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856), aged about 16

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856), aged about 16 Miniature, around 1826 Robert Schumann House in Zwickau

This coloured miniature is the earliest preserved view of Robert Schumann and probably dates back to the year of death of his father. The student, of a delicate frame, aged approx. 16, presents himself to the beholder with a serious and concentrated expression, his hair still almost golden (which later turned brown), fashionably coiffedand elegantly dressed in the style of the time (with the mandatory golden watch chain and golden cuff links going with a dark-blue frockand, of course, a golden ring on the finger). The miniature, one of no more than 16 authentic portraits of Robert Schumann preserved (incl. the three known photographs), which were taken of him in his lifetime, joined the inventory of the present-day Robert Schumann House in Zwickau via the estate of Marie Schumann, that is, back to the place of origin of its production! 

(I.B., translated by Thomas Henninger)

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