Plate 4 (Death on the tribune); from the cycle Auch ein Todentanz aus dem Jahre 1848 (Another Dance of Death for the year 1848)

Alfred Rethel, German, 1816 - 1859



Wood engraving on paper

Overall: 11 5/8 × 16 1/4 in. (29.6 × 41.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Jean and Adolph Weil Jr. 1935 Fund



Georg Wiegand, Leipzig, Germany


Place Made: Germany, Europe


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed, in plate, lower center: St.; titled, in plate, upper center margin: Viertes Blatt.; inscribed, in plate, upper left (on flag): REPU; inscribed, in plate, upper right (on sword): VOLKS IUSTIZ; inscribed, in plate, lower left margin: "Freiheit, Gleichheit, und Brudersinn!" / Der Schrei waelzt durch die Stadt sich hin. / "Zum Rathhaus!" -- Horch! der Steinwurf saust.; inscribed, in plate, lower center left margin: "Hoch Republik!" -- Die Flamme braust. -- / "Zum Markt, zum Markt! Da steht er schon / "Der Held der Revolution! / "Hoert Ihn!" -- -- Stumm Alles wie ein Grab.; inscribed, in plate, lower center right margin: Er aber reicht ein Schwerdt herab / Und haelt es allem Volk bereit -- / Die List nahm's der Gerechtigkeit. -- / Er schreit: "Du Vok! dies Schwerdt ist dein!; inscribed, in plate, lower left margin: Wer sonst kann richten? du allein! / Duch dich spricht Gott! durch dich allein!" / ""Blut! Blut!"" viel tausend Kehlen schrei'n.


Susan Schulman Printseller, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2007.

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