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


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


Object details

Accession number



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

Object Case

Franz Liszt Case


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.


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

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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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