Tuesday, November 10, 2015

7 Works - RELIGIOUS ART BY THE OLD MASTER PAINTERS - Drawings and Prints from the Bible, with footnotes, 2

NORTHERN EUROPEAN, 15TH CENTURY MANNER, GERMAN SCHOOL
TWO PORTRAITS OF APOSTLES: S. PHILIPUS AND S. MATHIAS
Two colour relief prints with titles printed on one sheet of laid paper with centre fold. Unframed.
Plate/Sheet, trimmed to or just outside block mark 4.2" x 6.1" — 10.7 x 15.5 cm.

The first European woodcut printing on paper in the early 15th century was used for printing religious images and playing cards. Some individual prints with two images on one sheet were folded and bound into books called “block books”. These early prints were sold to pilgrims in the early 1400’s. The ink for these early prints was sometimes made of lampblack (soot from oil lamps) mixed with varnish or boiled linseed oil. More

ALBRECHT DURER (1471-1528), GERMAN
CHRIST ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES (FROM THE LARGE PASSION), CIRCA 1497 [BARTSCH, 6; POSSIBLY MEDER, 117:D-F]
Woodcut on laid paper signed with monogram in the plate bottom centre laid down on a stiff paper support; black block printed collector’s mark on reverse of the mounting sheet, recorded in [Lugt, 546], after the 1511 edition without text, possibly the Augsburg edition with the crack in the plate up to St. Peter’s beard
Trimmed to the platemark 15.2" x 10.9" — 38.5 x 27.7 cm.

Christ is shown with his hands raised as if rejecting the cup rather than a prayerful pose while Peter, James and John are slumbering, the soldiers are entering the gate in the background.

HANS SEBALD BEHAM (1500-1550), GERMAN
MOSES AND AARON, 1526 [BARTSCH, 8; HOLLSTEIN, 9]
Engraving on laid paper; signed with “HSP” monogram, inscribed “Mose. .Aaron” and dated 1526 in the plate. Unframed.
Plate/Sheet, trimmed to or just outside platemark 3" x 4.4" — 7.7 x 11.2 cm.

HANS SEBALD BEHAM (1500-1550), GERMAN, GERMAN
THE MAN OF SORROWS AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS, 1520 [BARTSCH, 26; HOLLSTEIN, 28]
Engraving on laid paper; signed with monogram “HSP” and dated 1520 in the plate. Unframed.
Plate/Sheet, trimmed to or just outside platemark 4.9" x 3.1" — 12.5 x 8 cm.

Richard Cosway, R.A. OAKFORD, DEVON 1742 - 1821 LONDON SUPPER AT EMMAUS Pen and brown ink with brown and grey wash over pencil, on laid paper;  inscribed, in pencil, lower left: 68 110 by 190 mm:
Richard Cosway, R.A.
OAKFORD, DEVON 1742 - 1821 LONDON
SUPPER AT EMMAUS
Pen and brown ink with brown and grey wash over pencil, on laid paper; 
inscribed, in pencil, lower left: 68
110 by 190 mm

The painting depicts the moment when the resurrected but incognito Jesus, reveals himself to two of his disciples (presumed to be Luke and Cleopas) in the town of Emmaus, only to soon vanish from their sight.

Richard Cosway RA (5 November 1742 – 4 July 1821) was a leading English portrait painter of the Regency era, noted for his miniatures. His wife was the Italian-born painter Maria Cosway. He painted the future King George IV in 1780 and was appointed Painter to the Prince of Wales.  in 1785—the only time this title was ever awarded. His subjects included the Prince's first wife, Maria Anne Fitzherbert, and various English and French aristocrats, including Madame du Barry, mistress of King Louis XV of France.

From 1995 to 1996, the National Portrait Gallery in London held an exhibition entitled Richard and Maria Cosway: Regency Artists of Taste and Fashion, with 250 works on display. More

Richard Cosway, R.A. OAKFORD, DEVON 1742 - 1821 LONDON CHRIST CARRYING THE CROSS WITH SAINT VERONICA OFFERING THE SUDARIUM; TOGETHER WITH CHRIST CARRYING THE CROSS WITH TWO SOLDIERS TORMENTING Quantity: 2 Each pencil on wove paper, each laid onto their original washlined mounts The first: 155 by 202 mm; the second: 111 by 178 mm:
Richard Cosway, R.A.
OAKFORD, DEVON 1742 - 1821 LONDON
CHRIST CARRYING THE CROSS WITH TWO SOLDIERS TORMENTING, 
circa 1805 to 1810
Pencil on wove paper, laid onto original washlined mounts
155 by 202 mm

Richard Cosway, R.A. OAKFORD, DEVON 1742 - 1821 LONDON CHRIST ON THE CROSS Pencil, on laid paper watermarked: J Whatman; inscribed in a later hand lower left: R. Cosway  388 by 249 mm:
Richard Cosway, R.A.
OAKFORD, DEVON 1742 - 1821 LONDON
CHRIST ON THE CROSS
Pencil, on laid paper watermarked: J Whatman;
388 by 249 mm



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