28 March 2007
Israhel van Meckenem (circa 1440/45-1503)
Saint Ursula (Bartsch 132; Geisberg 347 IV; Lehrs, Hollstein 412 IV)
engraving, circa 1480, fourth, final state, a good though posthumous impression from the first quarter of the 16th century, printed with a strong platetone, on fine laid paper with a Gothic P watermark (identical to Piccard 350, Arnhem 1516), trimmed on or just inside the platemark on three sides, a narrow margin above, a 6 mm. repaired tear at the left sheet edge, some pinpoint foxing only visible verso, otherwise in very good condition
S. 164 x 153 mm.
W. Esdaile (L. 2617), with his initials in brown ink recto and inscribed verso in brown ink: 1817 WE Lloyds coll P171 N271 St Ursula; sold Christie's, London, 11 June 1840, lot 47 (£2 - 6).
Rev. Walter Davenport Bromley (1787-circa 1863) (not in Lugt), acquired at the above sale; sold Christie's, London, 8 May 1844, lot 241 (£1-1-19 to Hodges).
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Lehrs knew of approximately forty impressions, including ten in public collections.
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