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Study of leg armour
Metalpoint, heightened with white, on grey prepared paper
- Production date
Height: 98 millimetres
Width: 49 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Late XVc, probably Lower Rhineland.
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. 31:
'Although this drawing came from the same album, Sloane 5218, as many of the Dürer drawings in the collection , Dodgson noted in the 1928 ‘Guide’, that it could not be by the artist and no subsequent scholar has disagreed. The former keeper of the Royal Armouries, A.V.G. Norman indicated (orally)that the piece of leg armour shown would have been produced in the late fifteenth century. It is drawn out of perspective, perhaps to display the piece overall, rather in the same way as the crossbow on the recto of 1848,1013.128. The technique of the drawing suggests that it probably comes from the Lower Rhineland. It reflects the influence of contemporaneous Netherlandish draughtsman, but lacks the finesse of their best hands, as for instance, in the drawing, attributed to the Master of St Severin (c. 1460-c. 1520), ‘David playing before Saul’, in Berlin (Kupferstichkabinett, KdZ. 12504; Cologne, ‘Spätgotik’, p. 157, no. 396, repr.). This type of armour was in wide use across western Europe, as one may see from Netherlandish illuminated chronicles of the period. It is also seen in church sculpture of the Lower Rhineland. In the case of the carved wooden figure of St George of c. 1473-1500 in the St Maria Magdelenakirche at Goch, near Cleve, the saint is represented in knight's armour, with leg armour of the same type as in SL,5218.95 (see Cologne, ‘Spätgotik’, p. 99, no. 186, repr.).
Lit from Rowlands 1993: BM Guide, 1928, p. 25, no. 245 (c); Tietze, iii, p. 131, no. A 386, repr.; Panofsky, ii, p. 138, no. 1456; Strauss, vi, p. 3164, no. XP.1456, repr.
Additional lit: Iris Brahms, 'Zwischen Licht und Schatten: zur Tradition der Farbgrundzeichnung bis Albrecht Dürer', Paderborn, 2016, p. 137, fig. III.22.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1928 BM London, Guide Woodcuts, Drawings of A. Dürer, no. 245 (c)
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- Prints and Drawings
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C,07.95