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Two lovers, bust-length, in laurel medallions, the man offering the woman a flower; above and below dogs hunting deer, rabbits and a boar; in the centre an empty medallion; circular format. c.1465-80
- Production date
- 1465-1480 (circa)
Diameter: 150 millimetres (circular)
- Curator's comments
- The present engraving belongs to the so-called 'Otto Prints'; for this group see the commentary to Hind, A.IV.2 (1852-3-1-3).
The three groups of animals hunting appear in reverse in an almost coeval 'Pattern plate of Beast and Bird' (Hind, A.II.2) and in a drawing in the so-called 'Florentine Picture-Chronicle', an album of pen-and-ink drawings in the BM, now believed to be the the product of Baldini's studio (f. 12; see B. Degenhart, A. Schmitt, 'Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, Teil I: Sud-und Mittelitalien, 4 vols, Berlin, 1968, pl. 392). They must all depend on a common source, probably a pattern book. As Hind suggested, the coats-of- arms are left blank so that those of the donor or recipient of the print could be added by hand.
Another impressions is in the Rothschild Collection (Louvre, Paris).
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- Acquisition notes
- The eight 'Otto' prints 1852,0424.1 to 8 were purchased at the same sale as 1852,0301.1 to 6. Those were purchased on commission, using the sum of £150 that the Trustees had authorised. Evans bought these other 8 lots on his own account, and offered them as a group to the BM for £200.
Provenance: Baron Philippe de Stosch (1731-1757); Wilhelm Muzel; Ernst Peter Otto (Leipzig, 1783); Klauss Otto (Leipzig, Weigel, 1852).
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