Maybe some of my harp historians can help me out with this one. It’s usually simple as can be to find paintings, drawings, or photos of famous historical harpists that most of us trace our pedagogical pedigree through. Every harpist that I’ve looked for images or some kind of likeness of have been really easy to find… nothing more than a quick Google search. However, one seems to elude me: Gottlieb Kruger.
Who?! Well, let me take it back for you a bit. Some of us take our harp pedigree back to any of the famous students of Alphonse Hasselmans (Marcel Grandjany, Carlos Salzedo, Marcel Tournier, Henriette Renie, etc.) and then stop. That’s enough to satisfy most. But Gottlieb Kruger is our link to older harpists like Nicolas-Charles Bochsa. So if were going from older to more recent, Bochsa taught Elias Parish-Alvars, and HE taught Gottlieb Kruger, Kruger taught Hasselmans, and Hasselmans taught almost every modern pedagogue for the harp.
But where are the images of Kruger? There has to be a painting or drawing of him somewhere. Does anyone know or have any ideas of new places for me to look? I’ve done all the research I can without being in the immediate vicinity of any archives or collections where I could physically look.