- Museum number
A 'weierhaus'; a timber-framed building (probably a fisherman's house) on a mound with trees at the centre of a lake, a punt in the left foreground.
Watercolour and bodycolour
- Production date
- 1497 (circa)
Height: 213 millimetres
Width: 225 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing was made at the same period as 'Landscape with a Woodland Pool' (Sl, 5218-167) and 'Mills on the river Pegnitz' in Paris (Bibliothèque Nationale; Strauss 1496/7). They belong to a group of drawings which all represent the countryside around Nuremberg and were probably made soon after Dürer returned from his first visit to Italy in 1497 (see 1895,0915.975 for recent discussion about the date of his first Italian visit). The small building has been identified from an atlas published by Paul Pfinzinger about 1595 (Nuremberg, Staatsarchiv ) as the 'Weyerhäusslein' at St Johannis, which in Dürer's day was just outside the city walls, but now is a suburb of Nuremberg. A distant view of St Johannis is seen in another of Dürer's watercolours of this date, 'View of Nuremberg' formerly in Bremen ( Strauss 1496/1). The 'weierhaus' appears in the reverse sense in the background of Dürer's engraving of the 'Virgin and Child with a Monkey' of c.1498 (Meder 30), see E,4.68.
Lit from 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. 127: ' Waagen, Treasures, i, p. 231, no. 165; Hausmann, Naumann's Archiv, p. 34; Hausmann, p. 106, no. 4; Ephrussi, p. 32; Thausing, i, pp. 124f.; Lippmann, part xxiii, pp. 3-4, no. 220, repr.; Dürer Society, ii, 1899, pp. 8f, no. vii, repr.; Conway, p. 12, no. 148; Pauli, p. 8, no. 129; BM Guide, 1928, p. 20, no. 184; Tietze, i, p. 16, no. 65; repr.; Flechsig, Dürer, ii, p. 136; Winkler, Dürer, i, p. 87, no. 115, repr.; Panofsky, ii, p. 133, no. 1386; F. Zink, Zeitschr. f. Kunstgesch., xii, 1949, pp. 41ff, repr.; Winkler, Leben, p. 86; Rowlands, Dürer, p. 6, no. 17, repr.; Koschatzky, no. 25, repr.; Strauss, i, p. 404, no. 1496/6, repr.; BM Dürer and Holbein, p. 68, no. 42, repr.'
Further lit: B. Aikema and B.L. Brown, 'Renaissance Venice and the North: Crosscurrents in the time of Bellini, Dürer and Titian', exh.cat. Venice, Palazzo Grassi, Venice 1999, p. 398, under no. 98; R. Schoch in 'Albrecht Dürer. Das druckgraphische Werk' Band I, 'Kupferstiche, Eisenradierungen und Kaltnadelblätter' Munich, 2001, p.71, under no. 20; G. Bartrum, 'Dürer and his Legacy', exh.cat. London, BM no. 193; M. Mende in M.L. Sternath et al, 'Albrecht Dürer', exhibition catalogue, Vienna, Albertina, 2003, no.30; B. Aikema et al, 'Dürer e il Rinascimento tra Germania e Italia' exhibition catalogue, Milan, Palazzo Reale, 2018, p. 228 repr.
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- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1928 BM London, Guide Woodcuts, Drawings of A. Dürer, no. 184
1958 Apr, BM, Eight centuries of landscape ... water-colours, case 15
1960 BM, 'Sloane Drawings', (no cat.)
1965 BM, 'Masterpieces of the Print Room', (no cat.)
1971 BM, 'Dürer', no.17
1988 Jul-Oct, BM, 'Age of Dürer & Holbein', no.42
1990 Apr-Aug, BM, 'Treasures of P&D', (no cat.)
2002/3, Dec-Mar, BM, 'Dürer and his Legacy', no.193
2003 Sep-Dec, Vienna, Albertina, 'Albrecht Dürer', no.30
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C,07.165