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Letter from Anton Peschka to Gertrude Peschka, née Schiele, 2nd Feb. 1915

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Ink on paper
18×11 cm


  • Anton Peschka

    (Vienna 1885–1940 Vienna)

  • Gertrude Peschka

    (Tulln 1894–1981 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment


Dear Gerti!
I was released for 2 days! Can’t swallow! – Sending you 16 Kronen, as I sold an etching! Probably won’t come before Sunday, because animals on the day of the Lord usually work in the morning now! Yesterday somebody sent a child to our shop asking for me to come to the corner where a girl was waiting for me! The child went to fulfill its mission. Father was thinking of you, he was uncomfortable to tell the boy that I was not home. But soon after that, I came home! I ran very hoarse and feverish to the train station, thinking that the little one had become sick and that you, unfortunately, [were] ready to depart without telling my people. I couldn’t find you anywhere! -When I come home a policeman is in the store

and relates that a girl had just stolen a purse from a boy, on the pretext that she needed to get someone out of our store. Tableau! I went to bed calling upon God and the angels to witness my love for you, that I would protect you though deadly sick, and you? – You don’t love me anymore!

Forever your
Teddy Bear

Thursday in February 1916. [erroneously dated 1916, instead of 1915]

[List of dates and days of the week between December 27, 1914 and February 1, 1915]

Sunday February 21, 1915
I. P.

Honorable Mrs.
Gertrude Peschka
c/o – Marie Schiele Vienna
XIX Hietzinger Hauptstr. 132
Door 2

Sender Ant. [Anton ]Peschka Vienna
XII. 3. Breitenfurterstr. – 109.

Object data

  • Sender: Anton Peschka
  • Recipient: Gertrude Peschka
Letter from Anton Peschka to Gertrude Peschka, née Schiele
2nd Feb. 1915
Ink on paper
18×11 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 5324
Inventory access
Accession 2008
Catalogue raisonne
  • ESDA ID 1935
  • Nebehay 1979: Nicht gelistet/Not listed
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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Antiquariat Hermann Kantner, Wien (o.D.); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2008)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung Nr. 643 vom 26.03.2008

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