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The Adoration of the Shepherds; the Virgin kneeling and holding the Christ Child, arches and other architecture behind
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over red and black chalk
Verso: Allegory of Justice, with three other figures and a scroll above
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 231 millimetres
Width: 270 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- K.T. Parker, 'Old Master Drawings', 13, 1929, p.15. H. Geissler, 'Deutsche Zeichner', II, p.97, M.3. There is a related drawing in Dresden - [Lucius] of the Adoration of the Kings, see Weimar, Cranach exhibition catalogue, 1972, repr. p.151.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1979/80 Nov-Jan, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, 'Drawing in Germany', no. M3
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
Not known how acquired. It is in an old pre-1940 mount, laid down so that the verso is invisible. It is probably the missing SL,5236.25 (=A,21.25) described in the 1845 inventory as 'The adoration of the shepherds in the interior of a ruined temple, pen and washed' and by Ottley in the 1837 inventory as 'The Adoration of the shepherds, pen & washed'.
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