Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897)
Brahms on his Deathbed - Original Photograph
A moving original photograph of the great composer on his deathbed, as photographed by Eugen von Miller zu Aichholz. Brahms is seen from the left side resting peacefully in bed, with a few flowers strown around his head and shoulders. The photograph has been tipped to a cardboard mount loosely covered in dark red velvet. A few very light scuffs to the surface of the photograph; overall wear to the velvet mount, with toned tape repair to the verso; photograph otherwise in fine condition. Photograph 4 7/8 x 3.5 inches (12.4 x 9 cm), mounted to 7 x 7 inches (18 x 18 cm).
Although the photographer is not identified on the print, this image is one of two captured at Brahms' deathbed by Eugen von Miller zu Aichholz, one of the sons of the Austrian intellectual and industrial von Miller zu Aichholz family, with whom Brahms spent some time in his later years. We have also seen the other photograph of the two, which is taken from the foot of the bed, with the arrangement of bedclothes recognizably the same. This photograph was the basis for Ludwig Michalek's drawing of Brahms on his deathbed.