- Museum number
Christ among the doctors in the temple; interior with a figure standing in the foreground at l, another leaning on a stool or table at r, a third standing beyond. 1507-19
Pen and brown ink
Verso: St Jerome kneeling in penitence; whole-length turned to half-right, with long beard, his forearms extended
Pen and brown ink
- Production date
Height: 98 millimetres
Width: 93 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Summary of 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. 175:
'The sketch on the recto was possibly made in connection with a print for the ‘Little Passion’ series but not executed. The subject of 'Christ among the doctors' had been included in Dürer's earlier ‘Life of the Virgin’ series, of c. 1504-5 (Hollstein 203) and Winkler connected the drawing with this woodcut. It is, however, of about the same size as the woodcuts of the ‘Little Passion’ and in the general arrangement of its figures strongly reminiscent of another woodcut in the series, ‘Christ before Pilate’ (Hollstein 140). The large dominant figure of a doctor in the left foreground of the BM drawing has strong affinities with that in the right foreground of the woodcut. Dürer may have decided to adapt the design for use as ‘Christ before Pilate’. If one accepts this connection, there is no objection on stylistic grounds to dating the sketch c. 1509, when it would have been executed with this series in mind. The rudimentary drawing on the verso is probably just a slight note made by Dürer himself.'
Andrews surmised that if this sketch is an unused design for the Little Passion, then D. probably made other equally sketchy designs for the series, which were disposed of once the composition had been drawn on to the blocks (see K. Andrews, Burlington Magazine, 1988, p.787).
Lit from Rowlands 1993: Hausmann, Naumann's Archiv, p. 37, no. 61; Hausmann, p. 108, no. 57; Ephrussi, p. 96, n. 3; Conway, p. 27, no. 450, verso; Lippmann, vi, p. 25, no. 721, repr. recto; BM Guide, 1928, p. 26, no. 251; Flechsig, Dürer, ii, p. 439; Tietze, i, p. 128, no. A 139, repr.; Winkler, Dürer, i, pp. 132f., no. 195, repr. recto, i, app. pl. xviii verso; Panofsky, ii, p. 66, no. 551; Rowlands, Dürer, p. 26, no. 155; Strauss, ii, p. 1092, nos. 1509/11 and 12, repr.; BM Dürer and Holbein, pp. 89f, no. 61, repr.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1928 BM London, Guide Woodcuts, Drawings of A. Dürer, no. 251
1971, BM, Dürer no.155
1988, July-Oct, BM, Age of Dürer & Holbein, no. 61
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C,07.61