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Cain and Abel; a rocky landscape, three trees at l, in the background Abel kneels offering a lamb to God, at right Cain kneels offering a sheaf of corn, in the foreground Cain has a club raised ready to strike Abel who sits on the ground shielding his face
Pen and black ink, with watercolour
Verso: Architectural sketch; top of a ruined arch and sketch of an obelisk
Pen and brown ink and black chalk
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Height: 212 millimetres
Width: 147 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- French (?), late XVc. The drawing was attributed to the School of Dürer when acquired by the Museum. Other drawings from the same series appeared in a sale at the Sotheby's on 1 July 1966, lot 94.
Literature: Janet Backhouse, British Library Journal, XIII, 2, 1987, pp. 211-231 (attributes to Jean Poyet [offprint and correspondence in BM dossier]); Mara Hofmann, 'Jean Poyer: Das Gesamtwerk', 2004, pp.43-44 and 186, fig.130 (as well as 1874,0613.539, the other drawings in the group are 'Joseph sold into Slavery [Rotterdam, inv. F I 1], the 'Anointing of David' [private collection, USA] and the 'Mocking of Elijah' [Chicago Art Institute, inv. no.1965.16]; probably intended as modelli for stained glass; 1874,0613.538 is the earliest event in the Bible among the surviving series; suggests a date c.1500).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1958 April, BM, Eight centuries of landscape ... water-colours, case 14
1984 May-Sep, London, BL, 'Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts'
2001 Jan-May, New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, Jean Poyer: Artist to the Court of Renaissance France
2012 March-June, Tours, Musée des Beaux Arts, L'Art a Tours autour de 1500
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