- Museum number
- Object: Rhinocerus (Rhinoceros)
Broadside of a rhinoceros, copy of Dürer's woodcut of 1515; with a hand-coloured woodcut of a rhinoceros standing in profile to the right; six lines of French letterpress underneath; surrounded by impressions of inked leaves and flowers. c.1550
Woodcut and letterpress
Verso: Elevation of a mausoleum; surrounded by impressions of inked leaves
- Production date
Height: 261 millimetres (printed area)
Height: 215 millimetres (woodcut)
Width: 413 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 298 millimetres (woodcut)
- Curator's comments
- The etching pasted on the verso has been identified by Dr Sachiko Kusukawa (Trinity College, Cambridge) and Michael Waters (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) as the elevation of a mausoleum; from Jacques Androuet du Cerceau's "Temples à la manière antique" from around 1550. The ground plan of the same building can be found on the verso of 1928,0310.97, from the same Sloane album 5220.
Literature: Susan Dackerman et al.. 'Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe', Yale UP, 2011, cat.no.38.
Entry from 'Dürer and his Legacy':
'This is a close copy made by an anonymous Flemish printmaker of Dürer's woodcut, no. 243, published in Antwerp by Hans Liefrinck. The inscription is a French translation of the one on Dürer's woodcut, and includes the erroneous date of 1513 which is also seen on Dürer's drawing. The print was originally in an album in the possession of Sir Hans Sloane, the antiquarian and naturalist whose collection formed the foundation bequest to the British Museum in 1753. The album, which seems originally to have been assembled in the sixteenth century, contained prints of various unusual animals, a number of which, like the present sheet, have been decorated with impressions of flowers and plants.'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002/3 Dec-Mar, BM, ' Dürer and his Legacy', no.245.
2011 Sep-Dec, Cambridge, Harvard Art Mus, Prints/Pursuit of Knowledge
2012 Jan-April, Evanston, IL, Block Mus of Art, Prints/Pursuit of Knowledge
2017 23 Feb - 9 Apr, Lisbon, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Global City: Lisbon in the Renaissance
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Library, Department of Manuscripts, in 1928 (extracted from Sloane 5220, fol.19)
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Sl,5220.19