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For 48+ years, the Aldrichimica Acta has been an international forum for the frontiers of chemical research. Articles, written by chemists from around the world, cover a variety of topics usually based on a synthetic theme involving organic, organometallic, bio-organic, or inorganic chemistry. Its Impact Factor (IF) has consistently been in the top three among comparable journals in the field of organic chemistry: IF = 11.786 (2010), 16.091 (2011), and 12.231 (2012) (Thomson Reuters; Journal Citation Reports®, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Science Edition).

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Aldrichimica Acta 2015, Vol. 48, No. 2

Johann Georg von Dillis (1759–1841)
A Royal Party Admiring the Sunset atop the Hesselberg Mountain, 1801

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Hesselberg Mountain was and still is a popular sightseeing destination.  It is located about 38 miles (60 km) southwest of Nuremberg in the German state of Bavaria. According to various accounts, Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III, his wife Queen Luise zu Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and their immediate entourage visited the mountain on June 10, 1803, during a tour of their Frankish estates three years before the area was ceded to Bavaria. According to the National Gallery (NGA German Master Drawings), this highly finished drawing by von Dillis depicts this visit, and was probably commissioned by Queen Luise. This drawing, however, was finished and signed by von Dillis on May 23, 1801, two years prior to the purported visit! So, which is correct, the date the drawing was finished or the date the king visited the mountain? We welcome your input and comments!

Detail from A Royal Party Admiring the Sunset atop the Hesselberg Mountain.  Photo courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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