Fryderyk Chopin

Fryderyk Chopin (Hummel)


Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

Karl Hummel, coloured pencil drawing, [1830–1831], oval, approx. 278 x 220.

Collection: Jan and Tomasz de Tusch-Lec, Warsaw; deposit: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [D/73].

The license is accorded by the owner.


Karl Hummel also drew a portrait of Chopin seated in his dressing-gown. This was a pencil drawing on paper of unknown dimensions, produced in Vienna in December 1830. The fate of this likeness is not known. Chopin mentions this portrait being drawn in a letter to his family from Vienna, 22 December 1830: ‘Apropos painting, yesterday morning Hummel called on me with his son; he’s finishing my portrait, such a good likeness that it cannot be bettered. I am seated on a stool in my dressing-gown, with an inspired expression, though I don’t know where from. In pencil, or rather coloured pencil, in quarto format, I believe.’ [Sydow, i, 158–159].