Vertical Ornament with Fantastic Male Figure

Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), behamornamentwithman engraving, c. 1540, [with initials in the plate]. Reference: Bartsch 244, Pauli 253, only state. In generally good condition, with slight abrasions, soft rust marks, trimmed on or just into the plate mark but outside of image. 15/16 x 5 1/8 inches, archival mounting.

Provenance: ex Collection Dr. Herweg (stamp verso, not in Lugt); P. Davidsohn (Lugt 654).

This impression is mentioned in the Hollstein catalogue raisonne.

A very good impression of this great rarity.

Sebald Beham, like the other illustrious German Little Masters of the Northern Renaissance including his brother Barthel, Heinrich Aldegrever, Albrecht Altdorfer, Georg Pencz and others, made a number of prints which were used as decorative models or with decorative applications in mind; Vertical Ornament with Fantastic Male Figure is a fine example of this type of print.