The First Image Of Richard Wagner, Aged 22

Written By The Wagnerian on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | 8:07:00 am

During last year and indeed, this year,  new images of Wagner have been found, or claimed to have been found. In the debate about the authenticity of some, other documented images have been brought out in comparison. Especially that by Julius Ernst Benedikt Kietz in 1840 and found below. However, as far as we are aware the earliest likeness of Wagner was taken when he was only 22. That is the silhouette found above (alas, a reproduction. Our scanners have all decided not to work), by an unknown artist, presented to Wagner as a gift by his future wife Minna Planer in 1835