6 July 2004
Circle of Hans Jakob Plepp (Biel 1557/60-1597/98 Basel)
Two landsknechts flanking a shield with a church, under an arch: Design for a stained-glass window
with inscription 'alltkirg'
black chalk, pen and black ink, watermark device
13 3/8 x 10¼ in. (340 x 261 mm.)
Dr. C.R. Rudolf (L. 2811b); Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 6 June 1977, lot 1.
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The inscription on the drawing, 'alltkirg' or 'old church', alludes to the coat-of-arms. The drawing was executed in the 1590s.
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