Husar 1889

Equestrian portrait of a hussar on horseback, the horse depicted during a jump. Hussar's right hand is raised, a saber dangles from it.

Pen and ink drawing on paper ?? x ?? cm
Signature: Adams 29.3. 89.
Inscribed in German: In memory of your brother John 8.9.
Private collection Germany.

Earliest preserved work by Adams. The pen and ink drawing of the 15-year-old is remarkable in its dynamism and the faithful depiction of the horse, which suggests a redrawing from a template. Dedicated to either his sister Mary (Mizzi, 1875-1973) or Luise (Elise, 1866-1962) Adams (both née Teltscher), who kept the drawing for decades until Adams emigrated to the United States in the family apartment at Vienna VI, Corneliusgasse 2 (where Adams was also born).

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Mary (Mizzi) and Luise Elise Teltscher, sisters of the artist.
Exported to the USA in 1951 to Luise Elise Teltscher, Boston (BDA 1210/51).
Gift to Harriet Walderdorff, Salzburg.
Her descendants.
Private collection Germany.

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