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Three Biblical studies within an architectural frame: Lot and his daughters, the drunkenness of Noah, Judith and Holofernes; at left Lot is lying in a drunken state while his daughters are pouring wine for him, at centre Noah is half-naked on the ground in a drunken stupor, Ham has a cloak to cover him, the two other sons standing behind, at right Judith is placing the severed head of Holofernes into a sack held by her maid
Brush drawing in black ink, heightened with white; on grey prepared paper
- Production date
- 1535-1536 (circa)
Height: 77 millimetres
Width: 148 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Summary of J.Rowlands, 'Drawings by German Artists and Artists from German- speaking regions of Europe in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum: the Fifteenth Century, and the Sixteenth Century by Artists born before 1530', London, BM Press, 1993, no. 322:
This design was intended for the decoration of a box, or other small object. The most clearly comparable work is the painted decoration executed in 'grisaille' on the inside of the cover of the box intended to hold Holbein's 'Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon', in the Landesmuseum, Hanover (inv. no. PAM. 798; Rowlands, 'Holbein', col. pl. 31). It was formerly thought that this portrait was done in 1529 after the sitter had been at the Imperial Diet in Speyer, and dated from the same period as the roundel portrait of Erasmus at Basel (inv. no. 324; Rowlands, 'Holbein', pl. 66), which was painted before Holbein departed for his second stay in England. Rowlands, however, considered that the Melanchthon painting was made later, in about 1535/6 because the clarity of its outline and profile point to a date in the middle of the second English period. The design of this decorative cover thoroughly supports such a later dating, as it is, for instance, close in style to the woodcut title-page border that Holbein made for the edition of Melanchthon's 'Loci communes' of 1536, printed in Antwerp (see Rowlands, 'Holbein', p. 277, n. 36).
Lit. from Rowlands 1993: 'C. Dodgson, BMQ, i, 1926, p. 36, repr.; NA-CF, Report, 1926, p. 18, no. 532b; BM Dürer and Holbein, pp. 233-4, no. 200, repr.'
Additional lit.: Lit: S. Foister, 'Holbein and England', New Haven and London, 2004, pp. 88-9, fig.94
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1988, July-Oct, BM, Age of Dürer & Holbein, no. 200
2006/7 Sep-Jan, London, Tate Britain, 'Holbein in England'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Owned by Rev Thomas Kerrich and thence by descent. Purchased from the descendants of Kerrich by the NACF, with the aid of contributions of £200 by Sir Otto Beit, and £105 by Calouste Gulbenkian.
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