- Museum number
Head of a dog, in profile to right, with tongue out; one of 179 drawings from the 1637 album
Bodycolour, heightened with white (partly oxidised); silhouetted
- Production date
- 1528-1531 (c.)
Height: 171 millimetres (max.)
Width: 179 millimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- See Curator's Comment to SL,5219.1.
Popham originally linked this fragment with others at the British Museum, cut from tapestry cartoons by Pieter Coecke van Aelst, see 1887,0613.64-66.
During research on the Pieter Coecke van Aelst exhibition in New York (2014-15), the study was identified by Mallory as a fragment from a cartoon for the tapestry 'Invasion of the French camp and the Flight of the Women and Civilians from the Battle of Pavia', commissioned in 1531 by the States-General in Brussels on the occasion of the appointment of Mary of Hungary as Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands and intended as a gift to her brother, Emperor Charles V. The tapestry series, of which the only surviving set is in the Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte (Napels; inv.no.144486), represents the victory of Charles V over the French King Francis I at the battle of Pavia (Lombardy, Italy) in 1525; see Thomas P Campbell, 'Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence', exh.cat. The Metropolitan Museum, New York, 2002, pp.321-328.
The dog appears in the centre of the composition, held in the arms of one of the women fleeing and wrapped in a blanket with only its head visible. The canine head is seen in reverse in the final tapestry which was woven from the back explaining its reverse direction to the cartoon. A workshop copy (with slight variations) in the same direction as the tapestry is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, inv.no.20168.
Literature: Sarah W. Mallory, 'A lost dog found: a tapestry cartoon fragment attributed to Bernard van Orley', in Master Drawings 52 (2014), pp.363-370; V. Bücken and I. De Meuter, eds. 'Bernard van Orley' (Brussels, Bozar 2019) p. 184 (reproduced but not exhibited).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From the Sloane 5219 album ' Vischen Vogelen, Dieren, Vruchten 1637'. Hans Sloane acquired a group of '1637' albums (from the collection of Pieter Spiering, d. 1652) in the Netherlands in 1724, see A. Griffiths in 'Landmarks in Print Collecting', London, 1996, pp.21-9 and n.9). On Pieter Spiering, see Ilja M. Veldman, "Portrait of an art collector: Pieter Spiering van Silvercroon" Simiolus 38:4 (2015/16): 241ff.
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- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C,06.49