Ulm Minster, Bavaria, oil on paper, Attrib M Leek, c1860. Signature verso.
Oil painting on rough cut textured art paper. Dimensions : 352mm x 282mm. Condition : Good.
Ulm Minster, Bavaria, Germany. c1860. Oil painting on rough cut textured art paper with signature verso "M. Leek about 60/62".
Dimensions : 352mm x 282mm. Unframed.
Condition/Notes : The oil painting on paper is in good condition. The painting depicts Ulm Minster viewed from the Kleine Donau in old Ulm c1860 prior to the completion of the building in 1890. The buildings in the painting were destroyed during the bombing of Ulm in 1944 but the Minster escaped destruction as the spire was used as a navigational aid by Allied bombers. The spire is still the tallest in the world today.
The painting captures the low cloud and mist which is associated with the city and the proximity of the industrial area which was close to the Minster at that time. The location can be readily identified from photographs of modern day Ulm.
There is no signature on the painting but inscribed M. Leek verso.
The painting was housed in an old wooden gilt gesso moulded frame with a Boots Picture Framing Department label attached verso. On opening the frame and removing the painting the following pencil handscript was found verso "M Leek about 60/62" (see the images below). As the frame is quite worn and the decorative moulding damaged, the painting is being offered unframed and the quoted shipping rates reflect this. If the frame is required please contact me for an alternative quote.
The inscription "60/62" could indicate the date of the Minster at the time portrayed or the approximate date of the painting. According to records the Minster's spire was not completed until 1890 hence the truncated peak although this could be attributed to low cloud or mist which is often the case in contemporary photographs. In any event, the locality can be identified in photographs or paintings c1900 and does not exist post 1944.
Overall, a very interesting and historical painting of this famous Minster and city.
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Shipping Bands : (Unframed) : UK : Free Delivery : Europe : £15.00. World : £20.00.