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Hotel guest register (1853-1905), once the property of the Streicher Inn, at Polling, Germany. The volume contains guests' signatures, their dates of stay, and home towns. American artists who signed the register include: Max Bohm, Frank Duveneck, Louis Ritter, Walter Shirlaw, John H. Twachtman, and Theodore Wores. Some signatures are accompanied by sketches.
Fremden Buch = foreigner's book, 1853-1905. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Location of Originals:
Location of original unknown.
Streicher Inn was a hotel located in Polling, Germany, where many American artists worked in the second half of the 19th century.
Donated 1997 by and dealer Ira Spanierman, owner of the Spanierman Gallery, New York City, and Lisa N. Peters, the gallery's Director of Research. Peters made a copy of the guestbook in 1987 when she visited Polling. At the time it was in the possession of Herr Siegfried Loeck of Munich, who allowed her to make a copy. Loeck died sometime before 1994 and attempts by Peters to locate descendants or determine the location of the original guestbook have been unsuccessful.
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
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