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Rhinocerus

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    E,2.358

  • Title (object)

    • Rhinocerus
  • Description

    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

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1515
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 213 millimetres (woodcut)
    • Width: 300 millimetres (woodcut)
    • Height: 244 millimetres (printed area)
    • Width: 302 millimetres (printed area)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed, dated, and titled on the block.
  • Curator's comments

    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.

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  • Bibliography

    • Proctor 11185 ("Ed. B not before 1515") bibliographic details
    • Meder 273 bibliographic details
    • Dodgson I.307.125a (cf) bibliographic details
    • Schoch II.241 bibliographic details
    • Bartsch VII.147.136 bibliographic details
  • Location

    German XVIc Mounted Roy

  • Exhibition history

    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

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    26 January 2010

    Reason for treatment

    Storage

    Treatment proposal

    Lift. Remove debris and adhesive. Support if necessary. Hinge to mount.

    Condition

    Guarded and edged to card with no top mount. Small edge tear.

    Treatment details

    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)

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1834

  • Acquisition notes

    Bequeathed by Joseph Nollekens, subject to a life interest to Francis Douce, 1834.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    E,2.358

Second edition (?) of a broadside on a rhinoceros; with a woodcut of a rhinoceros standing in profile to the r, and five and a half lines letterpress above.  1515
Woodcut and letterpress

Second edition (?) of a broadside on a rhinoceros; with a woodcut of a rhinoceros standing in profile to the r, and five and a half lines letterpress above. 1515 Woodcut and letterpress

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