Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Hendrik Willem van Loon's Portrait of Franz von Papen

A century ago Hendrik Willem van Loon 1882-1944) was a bestselling author who illustrated his own works. In his lifetime, he was the subject of two "Profiles" in The New Yorker. From Argosy Book Store comes his pen-and-ink portrait of Franz von Papen (1879-1969), who served as Chancellor of Germany—the thirteenth Chancellor of the Weimar Republic—in 1932. He later served as Vice-Chancellor of the Reich under Hitler from 1933-34. He was acquitted of war crimes at the Nuremberg trials in 1946. A photograph of von Papen in striped bow tie may have served van Loon as a reference.
Portrait of Franz von Papen
Hendrik Willem van Loon

Hendrik Willem van Loon
Argosy Book Store listing

Note:  Does anyone know whether this portrait was published and, if so, where?

At the time of posting, this artwork remains available from Argosy.

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