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Last updated: 6/23/2019
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19th-Century Landscape Drawings I / 19th-Century LandscapeDrawings II / 19th-Century Genre: Places
19th-Century Portraits / 19th-Century Genre: People
Felix O. C. Darley / Lothar Meggendorfer / Adrian Ludwig Richter

Lothar Meggendorfer (German, 1847-1925)

Meggendorfer was born in Munich and studied with Strähuber, Anschütz, and W. van Dietz. He is famous as a creator of illustrated children's books with movable parts: by the time of his death he had illustrated over 100 books, some of which were also published in the U.S. (For an illustrated list of some of these, see; for additional titles, see, which advertises his books at prices ranging from $150 to $9500.) Though best known for his mechanical toy-books for children, with rotating wheels, slat-transformations, or pop-up pictures, Meggendorfer was a master illustrator who also worked on magazines, pictorial almanacs, and non-moveable picture-books. In 1886 he founded the Meggendorfer Blatter (The Meggendorfer Journal) and published his writings and often satirical illustrations there. The Munich Municipal Museum has a collection of his drawings.

Select Bibliography: Waldo Hunt and Maurice Sendak, The Genius of Lothar Meggendorfer (London: Jonathan Cape, 1985); Lothar Meggendorfer, A Doll's House: A Reproduction of the Antique 1890c. Pop-up Book (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979); David Pelham, The Genius of Lothar Meggendorfer: A Movable Toy Book illustrations by Jim Deesing after Lothar Meggendorfer, paper engineering by Tor Lokvig: Illustrates the work of the 19th century artist considered to be the greatest innovator in the field of moving picture books (NY: Random House Inc., 1985).

Small child with toy soldier. Pencil on wove paper, last third of the 19th century. Signed lower right corner in image (just below elbow). Image size: 120x90mm. Price: SOLD
Horse and stage preparing to depart. Pencil on wove paper, last third of the 19th century. Heavily over-written with notes, suggesting that another version followed. Attributed to Meggendorfer on the verso. Image size: 138x201mm. Price: $450.
Soldier putting a coat on a giant envelope. Pencil on wove paper, last third of the 19th century. This drawing is evidently topical in nature. Attributed to Meggendorfer on the verso. Image size: 124x84mm. Price: $750.

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