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The sinner in the jaws of Hell; the skeleton-like figure with a snake wrapped around its body stands in the mouth of a monster, out of which fire sparks; the cut is surrounded by letterpress verses. c.1495
Woodcut with hand-colouring
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- 1490-1500 (c.)
Height: 355 millimetres (the entire sheet)
Height: 135 millimetres (the subject)
Width: 82 millimetres ((cut))
Width: 247 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Titled in Dodgson's catalogues (also by Schreiber as "Death in the jaws of Hell).
The text (by David Paisey) on the label from the departmental exhibition at the BM in 2002 reads as follows:
"The sinner in the jaws of Hell, about 1495?
Coloured woodcut with letterpress verses, printed by Hans Hauser in Ulm
The sinner, condemned to Hell for ever, counsels the living reader to live a virtous life and quotes several Church Fathers, including Bede, in his support. His recommendations include particularly not to speak in anger without due reflection. 'Remember my lamentation ... After [reading] my words, pray to God for me; though it may not help me, it will help you.' The image promises only damnation, the text adds salvation.
This is the only known work by Hans Hauser, who calls himself an illuminator."
Hans Hauser is identified by Schreiber as Hans Husser (No. 969, registered as 1845,0724.3) and such an attribution does not seem impossible to Dodgson, whereas the author of the "Hauser" entry in Thieme-Becker (vol. XVI, 1923, pp. 141-2) notes there is a lack of evidence for this assumption.
See also Dodgson, Woodcuts of the XV Century in the British Museum, vol. II, London 1935, No. 242.
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