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There is a picture (detailed drawing, engraving maybe) of an older man in 18th or 19th century dress.  He is standing on a "ladder" in front of bookcases in a large library.  I think he is holding several books.  What is the title and artist's name?

Dear James, In the 19th century, paintings and prints depicting people with books or in libraries was a popular subject. In previous ages only royalty and aristocrats owned books. Owning books or libraries by the rising middle class in the 19th century was a symbol of arriving, i.e. financial success.
The specific painting (I am quite sure it was also made into a print) you describe is:
"The Bookworm" by the German artist Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885). It is oil on canvas, approximately 20 x 10 inches, circa 1860. It is a delightful painting.

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Daniel A. Hynes


Collecting, buying, selling, identifying, and caring for paintings, drawings,and watercolors (19th and early 20th century American and European). No prints, contemporary art, or works executed after 1940.


35 years as a fine art dealer, including 3 years as a gallery director. Also was art expert for Leslie Hindman's Auctioneers, and for Dunning's Auction.

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