A pen drawing by Robert Lenkiewicz with the caption "The folly of the alchemists. After Urs Graf, in J. Scheible, Das Kloster, Vol. I, Stuttgart, 1845." Not dated but probably executed in the 1970s. [ circa 1970 ]. Robert LENKIEWICZ.

A pen drawing by Robert Lenkiewicz with the caption "The folly of the alchemists. After Urs Graf, in J. Scheible, Das Kloster, Vol. I, Stuttgart, 1845." Not dated but probably executed in the 1970s. [ circa 1970 ].

The drawing is in ink (probably executed with some sort of fine marker) on a sheet of white paper, with a caption immediately below the design reading "The folly of the alchemists. After Urs Graf, in J. Scheible, Das Kloster, Vol. I, Stuttgart, 1845." The size of the image and immediate surrounds (as shown) is approx. 6.5 inches high x 10.5 inches wide (165mm high x 265mm wide). The image is drawn "landscape" on a sheet that is 13 inches high x 10.25 inches wide (330mm high x 260mm wide). Robert Oscar Lenkiewicz (1941 - 2002) was a renowned British artist, Hermeticist, and student of the alchemical arts, who was also well-known as an eccentric and book-collector. He was a regular visitor to the British Library and the British Museum, where he made careful sketches based on the illustrations and diagrams that were relevant to his studies that he found in rare alchemical manuscripts and books. This is one such drawing, apparently done after a much earlier woodcut that was reproduced in the famous German collection of early magical and Hermetic texts, "Das Kloster." It is one of a number of such sketches, some loose, some housed in a large folio entitled "On Alchemical Apparatus" that were evidently related to his personal researches into the subject rather than being "finished artworks" intended for exhibition or sale. As such it is not signed, although we do provide a guarantee and certificate of authenticity. Two small holes punched in the extreme left margin, neither of which are near the image area. The merest hint of discoloration, but over all in VG + condition and would frame nicely. A good opportunity to acquire an authentic and intimate memento of this fascinating artist & hermeticist, at a fraction of the price that one of his own finished artworks would fetch. Item #42166

Price: $500.00

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