Broadside on a rhinoceros, with a woodcut of a rhinoceros standing in profile to the right, and five and a half lines letterpress above; from the second edition. 1515
Woodcut and letterpress
- Height: 213 millimetres (woodcut)
- Width: 300 millimetres (woodcut)
- Height: 244 millimetres (printed area)
- Width: 302 millimetres (printed area)
Inscription ContentSigned, dated, and titled on the block.
Schoch dates the printing of the second edition to about 1540. Schoch dates the printing of the second edition to about 1540. However, the typeface of the lettering here suggests a date closer to the first edition of 1515, so it is more likely that this was printed circa 1515-1520 than 1540..
See G.Bartrum, ' Dürer and his Legacy' exhibition catalogue, London, British Museum, 2002, chapter 11 for Dürer's drawing for this woodcut, and related prints.
German XVIc Mounted Roy
2011 June-Nov, Sth Korea, Ulsan Museum, Fantastic Creatures/BM tour exh
2012 Jan-May, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Fantastic Creatures/BM tour exh
2014, British Museum exhibition, 'Germany' PROMISED
2016/17- 2019 History of the World in 100 objects, world tour
26 January 2010
Reason for treatment
Lift. Remove debris and adhesive. Support if necessary. Hinge to mount.
Guarded and edged to card with no top mount. Small edge tear.
Lifted by slitting guards and undercutting with a scalpel. Debris removed using a poultice of Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether). Adhesive residue removed with cotton wool swabs dampened with warm water. Tear supported with Jpanese tissue and wheat starch adhesive. Humidified over capillary matting and Gore-Tex in a chamber. Pressed between felts under glass. Mounted into a Royal 3ply Heriatge conservation board overthrow mount and object V- hinged with japanese paper hinges and Culminal paste(non-ionic cellulose ether)
Bequeathed by Joseph Nollekens, subject to a life interest to Francis Douce, 1834.
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