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- Object: Der Newe Allamodische Baum aller Jungen Damoisellen und Jungfrawen
A broadside on the selection of marriage partners; with an engraving showing young women in a tree with their suitors on the ground, and with engraved text in three columns. ([Nuremberg] Fürst; [c.1650])
- Production date
- 1650 (circa)
Height: 319 millimetres
Width: 254 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is one of a pair of engraved sheets showing fashionable young men and women respectively, symbolically finding partners in a tree, a motif which recurs in popular culture from the sixteenth century onwards. The women are engaged in domestic pursuits appropriate to well-brought-up young ladies; one is teaching the alphabet from a battledore (a wooden bat with inscribed letters). The men tend the tree and plead in verse with the girls of their choice to come down; one shakes the tree in hope of more speedy success. In Germany, French influence on fashion and vocabulary was at times very evident and, in particularly nationalistic periods, the subject of satire, but the whole atmosphere of this sheet is affectionate and uncritical. (David Paisey)
The companion sheet is BM 1880-7-10-893.
For a later Dutch version of the same subject, see BM 1871-12-9-977.
Lit.: K. Bake, Spiegel einer Christlichen und friedsamen Hausshaltung: Die Ehe in der populären Druckgraphik des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts (Wolfenbüttel, 2013): pl. 4.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Text and illustration: German illustrated broadsides of four centuries, BM exhibition, 2002
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