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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1874,0613.538

  • Description

    Cain and Abel; a rocky landscape, three trees at l, in the background Abel kneels offering a lamb to God, at right Cain kneels offering a sheaf of corn, in the foreground Cain has a club raised ready to strike Abel who sits on the ground shielding his face Pen and black ink, with watercolour Verso: Architectural sketch; top of a ruined arch and sketch of an obelisk Pen and brown ink and black chalk

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 15thC(late)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 212 millimetres
    • Width: 147 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    French (?), late XVc. The drawing was attributed to the School of Dürer when acquired by the Museum. Other drawings from the same series appeared in a sale at the Sotheby's on 1 July 1966, lot 94.

    Literature: Janet Backhouse, British Library Journal, XIII, 2, 1987, pp. 211-231 (attributes to Jean Poyet [offprint and correspondence in BM dossier]); Mara Hofmann, 'Jean Poyer: Das Gesamtwerk', 2004, pp.43-44 and 186, fig.130 (as well as 1874,0613.539, the other drawings in the group are 'Joseph sold into Slavery [Rotterdam, inv. F I 1], the 'Anointing of David' [private collection, USA] and the 'Mocking of Elijah' [Chicago Art Institute, inv. no.1965.16]; probably intended as modelli for stained glass; 1874,0613.538 is the earliest event in the Bible among the surviving series; suggests a date c.1500).

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  • Location

    Not on display (French Roy XVIc)

  • Exhibition history

    1958 April, BM, Eight centuries of landscape ... water-colours, case 14
    1984 May-Sep, London, BL, 'Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts' 2001 Jan-May, New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, Jean Poyer: Artist to the Court of Renaissance France
    2012 March-June, Tours, Musée des Beaux Arts, L'Art a Tours autour de 1500

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1874

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1874,0613.538

Cain and Abel; a rocky landscape, three trees at l, in the background Abel kneels offering a lamb to God, at r Cain kneels offering a sheaf of corn, in the foreground Cain has a club raised ready to strike Abel who lies on the ground shielding his face Pen and black ink, with watercolour Verso: Architectural sketch; top of a ruined arch and sketch of an obelisk Watercolour and black chalk

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Cain and Abel; a rocky landscape, three trees at l, in the background Abel kneels offering a lamb to God, at r Cain kneels offering a sheaf of corn, in the foreground Cain has a club raised ready to strike Abel who lies on the ground shielding his face Pen and black ink, with watercolour Verso: Architectural sketch; top of a ruined arch and sketch of an obelisk Watercolour and black chalk

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