Fryderyk Chopin composing at Nohant
Małgorzata Leszczewska-Włodarska, after a photographic record of a drawing by George Sand from the collection of the Muzeum Historyczne miasta Krakowa in Cracow, soft varnish, 1995, 195 x 163.
Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/2702].
Chopin kept this likeness, with the manuscript of a composition lying on a table, a notebook and a goose quill in an inkstand, until his death. In both drawings (A24 and A25), Chopin appears in his favourite hunting shirt, about which he writes in a letter from Nohant to Julian Fontana: ‘Go to the Palais Royal, as well, and buy me at number 37 (I believe) in the gallery on the theatre side a shirt en toile crue for 14 fr., blouse de chasse fermé par devant, forme de chemise. If not 37, then 47 or 27, an ordinary sort of tailor. The shop looks like this: [drawing: shop layout] […] There is only one who has such shirts. I bought one from him a week ago: mother-of-pearl buttons, well sewn, two breast pockets…’ [Sydow, ii, 22].