Ernst Henseler, Bismarck in Conversation with Reichstag Deputies at a Parliamentary Soirée (1894)
This painting by Ernst Henseler (b. 1852) shows a parliamentary “beer evening” in the Imperial chancellery. These soirées provided Bismarck with an opportunity to convince parliamentary friends and foes alike that his policies deserved support. Sometimes consensus-building flowed in the opposite direction. Note that liquor was more plentiful than food on such occasions, perhaps to the disappointment of one of Bismarck’s dogs, who was also on the invitation list.
© Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Original: Park Charlottenburg, Schloss Charlottenburg, Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten