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A visit to Schulte’s gallery

Event ID: 577

20 January 1918

52.516451393327856, 13.3803697298694
Gräflich Schwerinischen Palast

Source ID: 33

Richthofen, Beyond the legend of the Red Baron, Peter Kilduff, Arms and Armour, 1993

ISBN: 1854091271

Georg von der Osten recalled:

On a rainy day we drove back from Adlershof to Berlin by car. Not much had been accomplished at the tests owing to the rain. On the way Richthofen said, “Well, I will get out here at Schulte’s and have a look at the pictures that Reusing has painted!”.

Richthofen wore an overcoat with a big collar, typical of the officer’s coat that we used to have before the war. As it was raining, it acted like a disguise. He went in (the gallery) and came to the painting that showed him in his plane, captioned ‘Rittmeister Freiherr von Richthofen’.

An elderly gentleman came up and stood beside him. Richthofen said to him: “I beg your pardon, but I am told I have some likeness to this painting!” The gentleman put on his spectacles, took a look at the picture, took a look at Richthofen, and finally said: “I think you can forget that notion.”

Ten minutes later, Richthofen joined us at the hotel, beaming with joy, and related the incident to me.

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