- Museum number
Design for a medallion with a device: a hand issuing from a cloud resting on a closed book, one of ten designs for medallions, from the 'Jewellery Book'; an inscribed cartouche below
Pen and black ink, with brown wash
- Production date
- 1532-1543 (circa)
Height: 55 millimetres
Width: 55 millimetres (diameter)
- Curator's comments
- See also SL,5308.1-179
Compare with SL,5308.22
Lit: S. Foister, 'Holbein and England', New Haven and London, 2004, p.147, fig.151
LITERATURE: Waagen, Treasures, i, p. 203; Reid, pl. 4; Woltmann, as above; His, pl. xl, 3; LB, ii, p. 336, no. 29c; Chamberlain, ii, pp. 284-5; Ganz, p. 69, no. 389, repr.; White, p. 560, no. 37; Sutton Place, Renaissance, p. 79, no. 66 11 c; BM Dürer and Holbein, p. 242, no. 208(c), repr.
SL,5308.34 is an alternative design for SL,5308.22, described, probably mistakenly, by Ganz as for a seal. It may be assumed that the book on which the oath is taken is the Bible, and the hillock on which it is placed doubtless symbolises steadfastness.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1960, BM, Sloane Drawings, (no cat.)
1983 May-Sep, Guildford, Sutton Place, 'Renaissance', no. 66ii
1988 Jul-Oct, BM, Age of Dürer & Holbein, no.208c
1990 Apr-Aug, BM, Treasures of P&D, (no cat.)
2006/7 Sep-Jan, London, Tate Britain, 'Holbein in England'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Dept. of Manuscripts to Prints + Drawings on 20 July 1860. For a history of the contents of Sloane 5308, see SL,5308.1.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Add.5308.a (Dept. of Manuscripts Mss no.)