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Drawing book used by Cécile before her marriage and during her and F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy's honeymoon journey, 1837

MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 6

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Initials 'C.J.' and 'C.Jd.' are on fols. 7-9. An unfinished drawing [of Heidelberg] is on fol. 15. On fol. 25 are four small drawings, 'Speyer', 'Dryfels' [= Trifels] 'Kloster Limburg' [nr. Dürkheim] and 'Anweiler'. Fols. 11-12 and 26-29 were loose sheets kept in the book: fols. 11-12 are drawings at Speyer [by Cécile?] from which Felix copied figs. b and c in the diary (MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn e. 6, fol. 3). Fols. 26-29 are sketches by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: fol. 26 was reproduced in figs. o and p of the diary, fols. 12av and 12bv. Fol. 27 is of Todtenau in the Schwarzwald, the basis of the illustration in Felix's letter to Eduard Devrient of 3 May 1837. Fol. 29 is the sketch from which he made his watercolour in Cécile's 1836 album, 'In Schweizerthai bei St. Goar 3 Aug. 1837.' (MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 21, fol. 130).


  • 1837


31 Leaves


MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 6

Custodial History

Bequeathed by F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy's granddaughter Miss M. D. M. Benecke to Miss M. E. Andrews.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Miss Andrews through Miss Margaret Deneke, 1962.

Physical Facet

Binding: quarter red morocco with gold tooling and marbled paper on boards. Fron cover: 'Cecile', in gold on red morocco panel. i + 30 leaves, interleaved with tissue paper which is not foliated. Watermark 'J.MR.'; loose leaves 26-29 'J. Whatman'.


Oblong, 236 × 363 mm.

Repository Details

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