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Virgin and Child with a parrot; the Virgin is seated behind a balustrade, on which the child is seated on a cushion holding the parrot in his left hand.
Engraving, with additions in pen and black ink
- Production date
- 1470-1473 (most of the sheet made up, in the nineteenth century(?))
Height: 160 millimetres (edge of sheet)
Width: 110 millimetres (edge of sheet)
- Curator's comments
- The top half of the sheet. and the lower edge of the balustrade with Schongauer's monogram, has been made up in pen and ink on different paper, leaving only about a quarter of the image to be original engraving. The watermark: three mounds (cross and flower - deceptively close to Lehrs 11-12) has been faked because it crosses over the join in the paper. The British Museum has since the eighteenth century owned the unique impression of the first state of this print, with the engraving not yet complete (see E,1.70). It was therefore natural that it should wish to acquire an impression of the much commoner second state when one came up for auction in 1891. Unfortunately, after the sale someone spotted that the bottom 8mm of the print had been cut off and replaced by a facsimile drawn in pen and ink. As chance would have it, the Museum was able to purchase a perfect impression of the same state four years later (see 1895,0915.256).
Literature: M. Lehrs, Geschichte und Kritischer Katalog des . . . Kupferstichs im XV. Jahrhundert, V Martin Schongauer und seine Schule, Vienna 1926, pp. 188-90.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1990 March-Sep, BM, Fake?
2017-18 Sept-Jan, BM, G90, The Business of Prints
- Acquisition date
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