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Marienbad

Marienbad, view of the town

Marienbad, view of the town, coloured steel engraving by J. Poppel, after a drawing by C. Würbs, signed, first half of 19th c. Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/497].

 

During the summer of 1836, Chopin spent a month in Marienbad (Mariánské Lázně). Between 28 July and 24 August 1836, ‘Stays in the “White Swan” inn. Previously arranged meeting with the Wodziński family. Józefa Wodzińska (years later): “we arrived virtually simultaneously, so we spent together almost a month”.’ These were happy weeks spent together with the Wodzińskis, after which the twenty-six-year-old Chopin proposed to the seventeen-year-old Maria Wodzińska. ‘He is accepted, on condition that he looks after his health, for a trial period. The engagement is secret. Maria makes sketched watercolour portraits of Chopin; she sends a lithograph of one of the likenesses to Warsaw with the words: “to his parents, with gratitude for their graceful favour towards us”.