German - Lock of Franz Liszt's Hair, about 1886

German

Lock of Franz Liszt's Hair in a Box, about 1886

Human hair; silver filigree box, 3.5 x 0.7 cm (1 3/8 x 1/4 in.) overall

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Object details

Accession number

U1n9.a-b

Creators

  • Franz Liszt (Sopron, Hungary, 1811 - 1886, Bayreuth, Germany) Bayreuth, Germany Bayreuth, Germany) - primary
  • Unknown - compiler

Object Case

Franz Liszt Case

Provenance

Probably entered the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner in July 1886 at the time of the composer, pianist, and teacher Franz Liszt's (1811-1886) death, Bayreuth, Germany.

Bibliography

Morris Carter. Isabella Stewart Gardner and Fenway Court (Boston, 1925; Reprint, Boston, 1972), p. 101.


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Commentary

This lock of hair belonged to composer Franz Liszt. He passed away during a musical festival devoted to the works of Richard Wagner in Bayreuth, Germany, in July 1886. Isabella Stewart Gardner, who was also attending the festival, supported Liszt’s grieving friends and family. She ordered a wreath that was placed beside Queen Victoria’s at the funeral, and was the first to cast a shovel of earth onto his coffin.

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