- Museum number
Design for a medallion with a pair of compasses, serpents, dolphins and cornucopias, one of ten designs for medallions, from the 'Jewellery Book'; an inscribed scroll entwined between
Pen and black ink, with black wash
- Production date
- 1532-1543 (circa)
Height: 49 millimetres
Width: 51 millimetres (diameter)
- Curator's comments
- See also SL,5308.1-179
LITERATURE: Reid, pl. 4; His, pl. xl, 9; LB, ii, p. 336, no. 29i; Chamberlain, ii, pp. 286ff., pl. 50, 8; White, p. 561, no. 43; Sutton Place, Renaissance, p. 79, no. 66 11 i; BM. Dürer and Holbein, p. 243, no. 208(i), repr.
Such double meanings were readily understood by and appealed to the courtiers of Henry's court. Anne Boleyn was, of course, fluent in French, but from what one knows it is unlikely that this device would have found favour with her, although when she fell from grace she was accused of gross impropriety of behaviour.
- 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.208i
1990 Apr-Aug, BM, Treasures of P&D, (no cat.)
1997/8 Nov-Feb, London, National Gallery, 'Holbein's Ambassadors'
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.)