- Museum number
Young couple in a landscape. c.1535-45
Pen and brown ink with brown wash
- Production date
- 1535-1545 (circa)
Height: 46 millimetres
Width: 46 millimetres (roundel)
- Curator's comments
- The Lanna sale catalogue (1910) described this drawing as the work of Barthel Beham. There is a pencilled attribution on the verso of the sheet to Peter Flötner, with a suggestion that the scene represents one of the months. The attribution to Georg Pencz, a contemporary of both these artists who belonged to the generation after Dürer working in Nuremberg, was made by Edmund Schilling after he acquired the drawing in the 1960s. Pencz was a distinguished engraver on an intricately tiny scale and his accepted drawings show a greater degree of skill in the draughtsmanship than the present sheet. Here, there is an uncertainty in the treatment of the building in the left background and in the legs and arms of the figures, especially the way in which the left hand of the youth is confused with the leaves of the tree behind, which is not characteristic of Pencz. Fritz Koreny has suggested that the drawing is more likely to be a copy (2013). The small scale and subject is, however, very much in the style of Pencz's work and the design would have been originally made for a small ornament such as a hat- badge or decorative roundel, a type of work for which Pencz is known to have been popular. The tiny scale and theme of the drawing must have appealed to the collector Edmund Schilling, who acquired it for an album of small drawings which he assembled for his wife, Rosi (for the title-page, see 1997,0713.1; the original album is kept in the Prints & Drawings library, 159.b.28).
Lit: R. Schilling (ed) 'Die von Edmund Schilling gesammelten Zeichnungen', published privately, Edgware, 1982, p.225, 'Das kleine Album' no.62; J. Rowlands 'German Drawings from a private collection', exh.cat London and Nuremberg, 1984, p.21 no. 16
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984 Feb-Sept, London, Washington, Nuremberg, German Drawings, no.16
1997-8 Sept-Jan BM Drawings from the Schilling bequest
- Previous owner
Previous owner/ex-collection: Jonathan Richardson Senior (L.2183)
Previous owner/ex-collection: John Bouverie (L.325)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Alfred von Franck (Prestel, Frankfurt, 4.xii.1889/7)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Adalbert von Lanna (L.2773, traced through on the verso of the old backing; Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 6.v.1910,79)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Jacques Rosenthal (Munich)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Arthur Feldmann (Sotheby's London, 1946, 16th October, lot 41a, (as Anonymous German school, c.1540) bt Havesy)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Frits Lugt (bt by Lugt 21/10/46 from Havesy of Hazlitt gallery London)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Dr H Schäffer (New York; in part exchange for three drawings, 29/3/61)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Edmund Schilling
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This drawing was included in the collection of old master drawings belonging to Arthur Feldmann, which was wrongfully seized by the Gestapo from his home in Brno on 15 March, 1939. The BM was alerted by Uri Peled, on behalf of Feldmann's heirs, in April 2013 about this provenance because the drawing had recently been identified as lot 41a in the sale at Sotheby's in 1946 of part of Feldmann's collection. Lugt's dates of ownership were verified by Rhea Blok of the Collection Frits Lugt Fondation in April, 2013. Lugt acquired the drawing from Havesy of the Hazlitt Gallery in London, 21st October 1946 for 200 Dutch guilders. It was given the number 5907 in his collection. Lugt part exchanged the drawing, with one other by Jan de Bisschop and a payment of $2,300 for three works by De Paep, Nicolaes Verkolje and Gerard Terborch from the Schäffer Galleries in New York, 29th March 1961.
The heirs of Arthur Feldmann wish that the drawing should remain in the collection of the British Museum collection in memory of Dr Feldmann (1877-1941).
This drawing was acquired by Edmund Schilling for a small album (no. 62) that he compiled for his wife, Rosi Schilling (see for further details 1997,0713.1; for the original album, see 159.b.28).
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