Chopin during his final illness
Teofil Kwiatkowski, oil on canvas, signed: ‘T. Kwiatkowski 1851’, 250 x 400, lost during World War II, photograph by J. Kostka & Mulert, 40 ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw, 1888 [?], 109 x 164.
Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/410].
Chopin is seated on a four-poster bed, resting on a pillow. Sitting alongside him is his sister, Ludwika Jędrzejewicz. By the headboard stands a table with medicine. The photograph comes from the collection of Antoni Jędrzejewicz, of Warsaw, and was presumably made at his initiative in connection with the first Polish music exhibition in 1888. The picture was painted to commission for Jane Wilhelmina Stirling, Chopin’s pupil, before 14 June 1851. Until 1922 it was in the collection of Antoni Jędrzejewicz, then held in the State Art Collection of Poland. In the years 1939–1943 it was placed by the Germans in the Biblioteka Krasińskich, then in 1943 sent to a Chopin exhibition at the Biblioteka Jagiellońska in Cracow. Its further fortunes are not known.