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    Landscape with villagers dancing around a bagpiper who stands in an elevated poistion under a tree, after a picnic, the bagpiper is listening to a pipe played by a shephard who plays to his sheep in the background

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1540-1560
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 148 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 87 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed on plate and lettered with inscription in Latin.
  • Curator's comments

    Bouchot, quoted by Baudi di Vesme, says the plate is a copy of the cartoon 'of Gombaud et Macée'.

  • Bibliography

    • Baudi di Vesme 55 bibliographic details
    • Leutrat GR 49 bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XV.483.34 bibliographic details
  • Location

    French Post-binder Small

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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Landscape with man playing bagpipes under a tree, and villagers dancing around him


Landscape with man playing bagpipes under a tree, and villagers dancing around him Engraving

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