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Verso: Salome, in three-quarter length, and her maid, in half-length, presenting the severed head of St John the Baptist to Herodias and Herod, at top, after Dürer; two female spectators in headdresses and two executioners in turbans, at centre, after Dürer; four heads in headdresses, at bottom; leaf from van Dyck's Italian Sketchbook (containing 121 leaves)
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 199 millimetres
Width: 156 millimetres (sight measurement)
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- See Curatorial comment for BM 1957-12-14-207.1.
The top sketch is after a woodcut by Dürer, 1895,0122.707. The centre sketch is after a woodcut by Dürer, E,2.201. According to Jaffé, Van Dyck might have encountered Dürer's woodcuts in a Venetian collection, although he was most likely familair with them from his time in Atwerp. Jaffé also suggests that the four heads at the bottom of the verso are after a north European print.
Literature: Kristin Lohse Belkin, 'Van Dyck and Holbein: sixteenth-century northern sources', in Hans Vlieghe (ed.), "Van Dyck 1599-1999: conjectures and refutations", Turnhout, 2001, p.116; Michael Jaffé, 'The Devonshire Collection of Northern European Drawings, A Complete Catalogue', vol.I, 2002, p.109.
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- See Acquisition history in BM 1957-12-14-207.1 for further details of provenance.
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