9 June 2001 | Haarlem

Teylers Museum in Haarlem has received an extraordinary group of 21 Old Master drawings which once formed part of the so-called Second Koenigs Collection. The drawings include important sheets by various …

well-known artists from the Italian, French, German and Netherlandish schools: Watteau, David, Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Pisarro, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Veronese, Tiepolo, Menzl, and Hugo van der Goes (circle). The benefactor wishes to be remain anonymous. The donation was arranged by the Amsterdam art-adviser and -broker Hans Verbeek. The collector Franz Koenigs lived in Haarlem from 1920 until his death in 1941 and thus the gift to Teylers Museum is most appropriate. The bulk of the Koenigs Collection (appr. 2000 drawings), however, is kept in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam since 1935. Some 180 drawings are missing since World War II and are probably kept in Russia (308 missing drawings have been traced in 1993, they are kept in the Pushkin Museum in Moskou, and are claimed by the State of the Netherlands).