Fryderyk Chopin

Fryderyk Chopin (Engelmann, after Vigneron)


Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

Gottfried Engelmann, lithograph, after a drawing by Pierre-Roche Vigneron, published by Maurice Schlesinger in Paris, 1833, 287 x 217.

Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/936].


The lithographed copy of this Chopin portrait was among his most popular likenesses, not just in Paris, but also in Poland.

It is mentioned in letters to Chopin both by his sister, Izabela Barcińska (Warsaw, 26 April 1834: ‘But your engraved portrait is selling here for 10 zloty’ [Sydow, i, 238]), and by his teacher, Józef Elsner (Warsaw, 24 March 1840: ‘But… but – in my domestic Parnassus I shall soon place your portrait for the second time, and thus I shall have in my home, or rather by my side, Chopin standing and seated’. [Sydow, ii, 6]). Chopin selected one of the graphic reproductions of this portrait for his teacher and sent it to Warsaw with a dedication: ‘For dear Mr Elsner, your devoted pupil F. Chopin. Paris 1834’.