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The head and hind legs of a horse's carcass, a leaf from a sketch-book
Metalpoint on white-prepared paper
- Production date
- 1618 (c.)
Height: 163 millimetres
Width: 154 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This sheet once formed part of a sketchbook of silverpoint drawings that may have belonged to Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel. Acquired by the Museum as a Leonardo (hence its absence from Binyon), at some point it was transferred to an anonymous sixteenth-century Dutch or Flemish artist, before being attributed to Hollar with the rest of the sketchbook drawings by Popham, who linked it with the Louvre and Oppé drawings mentioned below (A.E.Popham, 'Wenceslaus Hollar' in 'Old Master Drawings', September 1927, pp.29-30). Popham's suggestion held for much of the twentieth century, until the drawings were given to Jacques de Gheyn III by Altena, who dated the sheets to the artist's visit to England in 1618.
For two other leaves see also 1850,0223.190-191. Three other leaves from the same sketchbook (numbered 46, 47, 49) are in the Louvre, Paris (Vallardi Coll., Nos. 02401, 02402, 02404), and another is in the Oppé collection, now in the Tate Gallery.
Literature: 'The Silverpoint Sketchbook' in I.Q. van Regteren Altena, 'Jacques de Gheyn: Three generations', The Hague-Boston-London, 1983, pp.178-181, cat.no.S14.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994/5 Nov-Jan, New Haven, Yale Center Brit Art, Wenceslaus Hollar, no. 111
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- While in Denon's collection, this was lithographed as by Leonardo. Thence to Lawrence and Woodburn, where it was lot 1043 in the Woodburn sale of 8.vi.1860, where it was sold as Leonardo for £10 5s to Tiffin. Thence to Heseltine, who sold it to the BM in 1886.
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