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Hermann Fiedler (1866–1940)
Hermann Fiedler (1866–1940)

Little is known about Hermann Fiedler, a man who played an important role in assisting Wolfgang Friedrich “Fritz” Volbach and Royall Tyler in negotiating possible art acquisitions in Germany and Switzerland for Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss. According to Royall Tyler, however, he was a retired banker and not a professional art dealer. He was born in Cottbus, Brandenburg, Germany on September 17, 1866, and was married to Margarete Lehmann. Sometime around 1930, he and his wife moved to Lugano, Switzerland. According to Royall Tyler, he died on April 30, 1940, and was buried in Castagnola, a village on the northern shore of Lake Lugano, Switzerland.