The Tournament on Foot
etching, 1560, on laid paper, watermark Crossbow in a Circle (similar to Briquet 750, Lucca, 1563), a good impression of this rare print
Plate 385 x 503 mm.
Sheet 394 x 510 mm.
Adalbert Freiherr von Lanna (1836-1909), Prague (Lugt 2773; stamped twice with the number 4938in pencil); his sale, H. G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 11-22 May 1909, lot 2017 ('Kulturgeschichtlich und kostümlich sehr interessante Darstellung in gutem Abdruck, war gefaltet.')
Hollstein 78
C. Jenkins, N. M. Orenstein, F. Spira, The Renaissance in Etching, Metropolitan Museum of Art (exh. cat.), New York, 2019-20, no. 54, p. 126-27 (another impression illustrated).
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This print is one of two etchings by Lautensack published the Thurnier Buech Warhafftiger Ritterlicher Thaten, one of the earliest printed books on tournaments, published by Raphael Hofhalter in Vienna in 1561, with a text by Hans von Francolin. The second etching depicts a tournament on horseback in the same location, the square in front of the Imperial Palace in Vienna, in exactly the same perspective.
The folds of the sheet, mostly visible versoin the present impression, are due to this large print being published as a fold-out in the book.
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