Fryderyk Chopin

Fryderyk Chopin (Winterhalter)


Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

Franz-Xaver Winterhalter, pencil drawing, 1847, 225 x 175.

Collection: Ministerstwo Kultury i Sztuki, in deposit at the Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [D/245].

The license is accorded by the owner.


There are four known likenesses of Chopin by Winterhalter, produced in the composer’s apartment at 9 Square d’Orléans. One, a watercolour from the collection of Antoni Jędrzejewicz, is lost. The other three, pencil drawings, two signed and dated ‘FWinterhalter 2 Mai 1847’, one signed and dated ‘FWinterhalter / Paris / 1847’, produced to commission for Jane Wilhelmina Stirling [Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Cracow, 6906].

Chopin wrote about this portrait in a letter to his family: ‘[Paris], 8 June [18]47 […] Winterhalter also did a small pencil [portrait] for my old friend Planat de la Faye (about whom I once wrote you). – A very good likeness. Winterhalter is doubtless known to you by name, good and honest, and with a great talent’ [Sydow, ii, 206].