Metal plate prints of letters by and portraits of Gerhart Hauptmann

Scope and Content

This file contains wooden blocks with attached metal plate prints of the following:

1: plate of an extract of a letter to an unknown recipient concerning support for the naturalist writer, Felix Holländer, signed 'In vorzüglicher Hochachtung' ('Respectfully yours') by Gerhart Hauptmann (GH), Theodor Fontane, Friedrich Spielhagen, Erik Schmidt, Max Liebermann (ML), Ernst von Wildenbruck and Paul Schlenther.

2: plate of a letter from GH to ML, stating that he (GH) would come to ML's house the following day.

3. plate of GH's signature

4. plate of a head and shoulders portrait of GH, based on a published photograph.

5. plate of a full-length portrait of GH in his D.Litt graduation gown [in the gardens of Oxford University?].

There are corresponding images of print-outs of all the plates except GH's signature. None of the plates or print-outs is dated. However, a note accompanying the blocks states that three of them were used in H.F. Garten's catalogue of the Gerhart Hauptmann Exhibition to celebrate his centenary in 1962. This was held under the auspices of the Institute of Germanic Studies. There is also an additional note stating that it was not clear where two of the plates had been published(sic!), but it seems likely that all five were produced at the same time. Previously in HFG/box3/file1-5.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

5 wooden blocks with metal plate prints

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Photocopies may be made, although this is at the discretion of the Librarian and is dependent on the nature and condition of the material.