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Grand Duke [Ernst Ludwig von Hessen und bie Rhein], about 1930
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Grand Duke [Ernst Ludwig von Hessen und bie Rhein], about 1930 about 1930

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  • Artist Rooms
August Sander usually omitted his subjects’ names in his photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’, which he intended not as a collection of character studies but as a typology of the German people during his life time. This seated portrait showing a Grand Duke in profile is one of only five photographs making up the portfolio ‘The Aristocrat’ from the group ‘Classes and Professions’. In Sander’s project, composed of more than 500 photographs divided into seven groups, this is by far the smallest of the over 45 portfolios, which usually include at least 12 photographs. Dressed in black tie with a large ring gleaming on his little finger, the Grand Duke cuts an imposing figure, framed by the geometric relief of the white wooden panelling behind him in sharp contrast to his dark suit.


  • Acc. No. AL00071
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 19.30 cm (paper 44.00 x 34.00 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm) (framed: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010