Bartsch no. 80; Meder-Hollstein, n. 79 a/e; Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum, p. 48, n. 10 a/e
Sheet 111 x 80 mm
Provenance: Kupferstichkabinett, München (Lugt n. 1093), the mark on the verso, which was introduced in 1904 for the sale of doubles; and the stamp ‘free transfer ‘28/1/1921’.
For the history of the Kupferstichkabinett see Lugt n. 2723.
A fine Meder a impression, on paper without watermark, printed with burr in the darkest
shadow, in excellent condition, small margins all around, the surfaces unpressed.
Dürer was fascinated by horses and riders: this engraving is the first of many, including
some of his most important works in both engraving and woodcut: with ‘The Knight and the Lansquenet’ (B. 131) and ‘Knight, Death and the Devil’ (B. 98) being the most noteworthy.
Dürer’s little engraving was very popular and was copied at least five times by other engravers; it is part of a group of small secular prints created around 1496-97.
A design in relation to our engraving, executed in pen, is in the British Museum.
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