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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    SL,5219.35

  • Description

    Four studies of a marmoset (Hapale jachus); two in seated positions, one on a tree-trunk or pole and one holding its own tail. Pen and grey ink with watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white, partly silhouetted

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1520-1550 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 396 millimetres
    • Width: 280 millimetres (sheet made up top r)
  • Curator's comments

    The purpose of this drawing is unknown, but the pen-work is similar in style to German drawings of animals of the early to mid- sixteenth century. Marmosets are native to Brazil, and they must have been introduced to Europe by early explorers. They were probably used as pets by the nobility.

    Lit: J. Bate and D. Thornton, 'Shakespeare, Staging the World, London, 2012, pp. 249-250, fig.23

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  • Bibliography

    • Popham (D & F) 1932 35 bibliographic details
    • Bate & Thornton 2012 pp. 249-251; p. 250, fig. 23; p. 295 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (German Roy XVIc)

  • Exhibition history

    2012, July- Nov. London, BM, Shakespeare

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1753

  • Acquisition notes

    From the Sloane 5219 album ' Vischen Vogelen, Dieren, Vruchten 1637', for description see Sl,5219.1. 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.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    SL,5219.35

  • Additional IDs

    • C,06.35
Four studies of a marmoset (Hapale jachus), one of 179 drawings from the 1637 album; sitting in various positions, and below, holding its own tail Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white (one study), pen and grey ink (the other three), partly silhouetted

Four studies of a marmoset (Hapale jachus), one of 179 drawings from the 1637 album; sitting in various positions, and below, holding its own tail Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white (one study), pen and grey ink (the other three), partly silhouetted

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