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Fanny Mendelssohn (1805 –1847), later Fanny [Cäcilie] Mendelssohn Bartholdy and, after her marriage, Fanny [Mendelssohn] Hensel, was a German composer and pianist of the early Romantic era.

Wilhelm Hensel - born in Trebbin, Germany in 1794 – was a highly acclaimed painter and graphic artist around the time of the 1848 Revolution. He was a professor and a royal court painter. Hensel was married to the pianist Fanny Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1805-1847), the sister of Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847). Wilhelm Hensel died in Berlin in 1861.

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Fanny Hensel née Mendelssohn-Bartholdy : drawing by Wilhelm Hensel; 1829, Leo Baeck Institute, F 2802R.