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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1852,0424.4

  • Description

    Grotesque face pulling down his eyes and stretching his mouth with his fingers; encircled by a thin decorative frame of leaves; circular format. c.1465-80 Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1465-1480 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 182 millimetres (circular)
  • Curator's comments

    The present engraving belongs to the so-called 'Otto Prints'; for this group see the commentary to Hind, A.IV.2 (1852-3-1-3). Zucker (in 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 149, no. 032) points out the primarily comical nature of the print, suggesting that it was probably intended to surprise the viewer when pasted inside the cover of a circular box.

    Label text for exhibition in BM, 2007
    The image of a man distorting his face with his fingers is meant to be comical. Its circular format and size, together with its subject, suggests it was probably meant to surprise the viewer when pasted inside the cover of a box. Very few early Italian prints of comical subjects survive, not because few were made, but because most through their use have been destroyed. This engraving belongs to a group of twenty-four known as the ‘Otto-prints’ labelled such, because of the name of their previous owner.

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2403.032 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 A.IV.23 bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XIII.146.10 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    Display of early Italian prints in BM, 2007.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1852

  • Acquisition notes

    The eight 'Otto' prints 1852,0424.1 to 8 were purchased at the same sale as 1852,0301.1 to 6. Those were purchased on commission, using the sum of £150 that the Trustees had authorised. Evans bought these other 8 lots on his own account, and offered them as a group to the BM for £200. Provenance: Baron Philippe de Stosch (1731-1757); Wilhelm Muzel; Ernst Peter Otto (Leipzig, 1783); Klauss Otto (Leipzig, Weigel, 1852).

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1852,0424.4

Grotesque face pulling down his eyes and stretching his mouth with his fingers; encircled in a thin decorative frame of leaves; circular format.  c.1465-80  Engraving

Grotesque face pulling down his eyes and stretching his mouth with his fingers; encircled in a thin decorative frame of leaves; circular format. c.1465-80 Engraving

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