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Photograph of a Drawing of a Dagger with Variations on the Decoration attributed to Hans Holbein the younger anonymous Austrian

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    anonymous Austrian (photographer)
    after a work attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 - 1543)
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    Material and technique
    albumen print
    394 x 138 mm (print); 408 x 188 mm (mount)
    On the front of the mount, bottom right, in graphite: R68

    On the back of the mount:
    bottom left, in graphite: Rud 68
    below centre, the Ruskin School's stamp
    just below, the Ruskin School's stamp

    Presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; transferred from the Ruskin Drawing School to the Ashmolean Museum, c.1949.

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  • References in which this object is cited include:


    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of Examples Arranged for Elementary Study in the University Galleries (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1870), cat. Educational no. 34.D

    Ruskin, John, ‘Rudimentary Series 1878’, 1878, Oxford, Oxford University Archives, cat. Rudimentary no. 148

    Ruskin, John, ‘The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogues, Notes and Instructions’, Edward T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds, The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, 39 (London: George Allen, 1903-1912), 21, cat. Rudimentary no. 68


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Ruskin's Catalogues

  • Ruskin's Catalogue of Examples (1870)

    34 D. Design for hilt and sheath of dagger (Dürer), brush drawing heightened with white.
  • Ruskin's revision to the Rudimentary series (1878)

    ( Dürer dagger ) 148.

    The stupendous drawing by Holbein, of which this is a copy, is so well represented by it that I desire nothing more; and, if diligently observed and in portions copied, this drawing alone will teach the student everything that he has henceforward to do in the expression of animal or vegetable form. The two fringes of fur round the dagger handle will teach him how best to render either fur or moss. The foliage, though beaten out in silver, is just as rich as the clusters of the most beautiful fore-ground, and the crosier-like ornament which forms the side of the sheath leaves me for the present bankrupt in terms of admiration.

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