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The Lovers

A work made of pen lithograph in brown on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pen lithograph in brown on cream wove paper.




Johann Heinrich Ramberg
German, 1763-1840

About this artwork

Johann Heinrich Ramberg studied history painting with Benjamin West in London from 1781 to 1788, but he found livelier inspiration in the English caricature tradition of William Hogarth and Thomas Rowlandson. On his return to Germany, he made his reputation by designing a classical curtain for a theater in his native Hannover, though he was more successful as a satirist and book illustrator. The Lovers, which is historicizing in its broad scale, slyly adds humor, romance, and a fairy-tale ambiance to Ramberg’s favorite theme: voyeurism. The postcoital pair, snug in their idyllic curtained bower, doze on, oblivious to the arrival of curious family members and pets.


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Johann Heinrich Ramberg


The Lovers


Germany (Artist's nationality)




Pen lithograph in brown on cream wove paper


Image: 44.4 × 56.2 cm (17 1/2 × 22 3/16 in.); Sheet: 49 × 60.3 cm (19 5/16 × 23 3/4 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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