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The Birth of the Virgin; within a domestic interior, St Anna lies in bed in the upper left corner, attended by four maids, one of whom is bathing Mary in the left foreground; in the upper right corner are St Anna and St Joachim at the Golden Gate. c. 1490-1500
- Production date
- 1490-1500 (c.)
Height: 260 millimetres (borderline)
Height: 269 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 183 millimetres
Width: 186 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Part of a series, The Life of the Virgin, consisting of 12 sheets, based on lost drawings by Hans Holbein the Elder.
The entire suite is extant at the BM.
According to Hernad, this is the earliest example in Germany of an engraver reproducing a painters drawings.
B. Henrad, "Israhel van Meckenem (ii)", The Dictionary of Art, ed. J. Turner (London: Macmillan, 1996), xx, 916-7.
See A. Shestack, Fifteenth Century Engravings of Northern Europe, exh. cat. (Washington DC, 1968), no. 217.
For another impression, see E,1.98.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- 1842,0806.1 to 321 were all purchased from W & G Smith, who had acquired the collection of Joseph Harding, from whom they all came. The acquisition was recommended to the Trustees by Josi on 31 March and 29 April 1841, but only purchased in 1842.
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