Hermann Struck, a committed Zionist, did a number of Theodor Herzl studies in the early 20th c. This particular intaglio print is perhaps the most impressive both in its size and the depth of its impression. Herzl, whose face stands out from a dark background, looks prophetic with his luxuriant beard, mustache and thoughtful steady gaze. Struck’s portrait is more than a faithful depiction. Rather, it is a contemporary, reverent insistence on Herzl’s importance in Jewish history. The original edition of this print was struck 1n 1903 (JR – 52R); this appears to be a later undated restrike. There is a title (Dr. Theodor Herzl) centered along the lower border; and in small letters along the bottom left is a notation that the print is an etching by Hermann Struck. The print is in good condition with wide margins. There is age yellowing of the heavy paper, a small missing corner on the lower right and 2 small border tears – all well outside the image.
image dimensions: height – 17 5/8”; width – 13 5/8”: paper dimensions – 25 3/8”; width – 18 ¾”