Lock, Michel

BORN 27 Apr 1848, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 20 Feb 1898, Berlin
BIRTH NAME Lock, Michael
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Städtischer Friedhof Wilmersdorf, Berliner Straße 81-103 (A5)

Michel Lock was the son of a merchant from Cologne. He was apprenticed to the sculptor Eschenbach and worked on decorations for churches. After wandering around for a while he returned to Cologne where he worked for the sculptor Wilhelm Albermann. In 1866 he relocated to Hanover where Carl Dopmeyer employed him. In 1868 he went to Berlin where he became the partner in a larger company of stonemasons. In 1874 he left Berlin to study in Italy.

After visiting Rome, Florence and Venice he returned to Berlin where he worked at the new building for the Nationalgalerie. By 1877 he hadd his own studio at the Schiffbauerdamm. He won a gold medal in Brussels in 1884 and exhibited several times in Berlin. In 1896 he won a gold medal in Berlin.

His best known work is his "Ich habe keine Zeit müde zu sein" (1891), portraying a dying emperor Wilhelm I. He died in 1898 and after his death a marmor version of the work was realised by Franz Tübbecke and placed in the Hohenzollern Musem at Monbijou castle near Berlin in 1902. It was probably destroyed during the Second World War when the castle was bombed.


The grave of Michel Lock at the Städtischer Friedhof Wilmersdorf, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (26 Jan 2008)


• Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2006
Michel Lock – Wikipedia

Lockhart, Adelaide Mary

Published: 19 Jan 2019
Last update: 14 Feb 2022