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Rhinocerus (Rhinoceros)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1913,1015.110

  • Title (object)

    • Rhinocerus (Rhinoceros)
  • Description

    A rhinoceros; colour woodcut of a rhinoceros standing in profile to the right, the tone block printed in light pale, greyish blue, without any text, from the seventh edition published by Janssen after 1620. 1515 Woodcut

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1515 (first edition)
    • 1620 (after (seventh edition))
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 214 millimetres
    • Width: 300 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed, dated, and titled on the block.
  • Curator's comments

    It is unclear whether this is a fragment of a broadside, or whether, as suggested by Meder, this edition was never printed with text.
    Entry from 'Dürer and his Legacy':
    'This is an impression of the seventh edition of Dürer's print, when the block was in the possession of the Amsterdam publisher, Willem Janssen. By the early seventeenth century, the block was very damaged - the border lines have chipped, there are numerous worm-holes, and the horizontal crack across the legs of the animal is very pronounced. In order to smarten up its appearance, and create a more pictorial image, Janssen re-issued the block with the addition of a new tone block printed in a variety of colours, olive-green and dark green, as well as blue-grey.'

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  • Bibliography

    • Meder 1932 273.7 bibliographic details
    • Dodgson 1903, 1911 I.307.125d (eighth edition, listed in CD's annotated copy) bibliographic details
    • Schoch 2001-04 II.241.7 bibliographic details
    • Bartsch VII.147.136 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (German XVIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2002/3 Dec-Mar, BM, Dürer and his Legacy, no. 244
    2012 Apr-Aug, UAE, Abu Dhabi. Treasures

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1913

  • Acquisition notes

    The print is now laid down. The register gives as the provenance: Mariette, Marochetti, Artaria and Christopher Head, plus two others [MIP and ACLBC] that were then unidentified.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1913,1015.110

Fragment (?) of a broadside on a rhinoceros; with a chiaroscuro woodcut of a rhinoceros standing in profile to the r, the tone block printed in light pale, greyish blue, without any text, from the seventh edition published by Janssen after 1620.   1515 Woodcut

Fragment (?) of a broadside on a rhinoceros; with a chiaroscuro woodcut of a rhinoceros standing in profile to the r, the tone block printed in light pale, greyish blue, without any text, from the seventh edition published by Janssen after 1620. 1515 Woodcut

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