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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1874,0613.539

  • Description

    Sacrifice of Isaac; Abraham stands halfway up hillside with sword poised, Isaac is slightly behind him carrying a bundle of faggots on one shoulder, a city at left in background, two accompanying figures, one leaning on an ass, in the foreground Watercolour

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 15thC(late)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 215 millimetres
    • Width: 144 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    French (?), late XVc, see 1874-6-13-538 for attribution to Jean Poyet. 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 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.131 (as well as 1874,0613.538, the other drawings in the group, which are all the known drawings by Poyer, 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

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  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1874

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1874,0613.539

Sacrifice of Isaac; Abraham stands halfway up hillside with sword poised, Isaac is slightly behind him carrying a bundle of faggots on one shoulder, a city at l in background, two accompanying figures, one leaning on the ass, in the foreground Watercolour

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Sacrifice of Isaac; Abraham stands halfway up hillside with sword poised, Isaac is slightly behind him carrying a bundle of faggots on one shoulder, a city at l in background, two accompanying figures, one leaning on the ass, in the foreground Watercolour

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