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Fryderyk Chopin

Fryderyk Chopin (Wodzińska)

 

Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

Maria Wodzińska, lithograph, after her own watercolour, [1836], 190 x 155.

Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/1458].

 

Maria sent a lithographed copy of this likeness to Chopin’s parents in Warsaw, with a dedication: ‘For his parents, with gratitude for their gracious favour for us, Marja Wodz.’.

This lithographed portrait of Fryderyk Chopin was very popular in Poland: it was duplicated and published twice, in 1836 and 1849. Józef Elsner termed it ‘seated’ [Sydow, ii, 6], and the press noted (Kurier Warszawski, no. 302, 15 November 1849): ‘At the bookshop of R. Friedlejn at 460 ul. Senatorska, one may purchase a portrait of F. Chopin, depicting the same seated with folded arms […]; price 5 zloty’ [Siwkowska, ii, 134].