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Recto: The Arms of the Knobloch Family. Verso: Fame, and a Sledge-Driver Jost Amman

  • Details

    Artist/maker
    Jost Amman (1539 - 1591) (block cutter)
    Object type
    print
    Material and technique
    woodcut and letterpress on laid paper
    Dimensions
    recto 125 x 106 mm (block); verso 123 x 108 mm (block); 198 x 155 mm (sheet)
    Inscription
    Recto:
    a heading followed by two columns above the image, and another two columns below the image: Knoblochiorum insignia. || Iactent Romulidæ sua pisa, fabasq[ue], cicerq[ue], | Allium erit nobis nobliore loco. || Hoc nostris placuit maioribus, hinc sibinomen | Sumpsere, & clypei signa vetusta sui. || Quippe velut Scorodon per rosida prata virescit, | Serpentesq[ue] fugans pharmaca dira decat. || Sic Marte[m] quicunq[ue] colit virtutis amore, | Et viret, & patriæ pestibus exitio est.
    bottom left, in graphite: 3 [crossed out in graphite] 5

    Verso:
    a heading followed by two columns above the image, and another two columns below the image: Fama, & trahæ agitator. | Solis vtra[m]q[ue] domu[m] replet inclyta buccina Famæ, | Aeternoq[ue] virens donat honore decus. || Hanc præstat virtus, felixq[ue] scientia laudem, | Hinc canet heroum buccina clara sonum. || Stulte traha[m] quid agis? Quid tintinnabla caballi | Miraris, nexu virgineoq[ue] stupes? || Tintinnabla dece[n]t fatuos, viget inclyta Fama | Gloria, vbi virtus ingeniumq[ue] viret.
    top right, in ink: 54
    bottom right, in graphite: R 17
    bottom left, the Ruskin School's stamp
    Provenance

    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.

    No. of items
    1
    Accession no.
    WA.RS.RUD.017
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  • References in which this object is cited include:

    References

    Ruskin, John, Instructions in the Preliminary Exercise Arranged For the Lower Drawing-School (London: Spottiswoode, 1873), cat. Rudimentary no. 15-021

    Ruskin, John, ‘Rudimentary Series 1878’, 1878, Oxford, Oxford University Archives, cat. Rudimentary no. 15-021

    Ruskin, John, Instructions in the Preliminary Exercises Arranged for the Lower Drawing-School (London: Smith, Elder, 1872), cat. Rudimentary no. 15-021

    Ruskin, John, The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogue of the Rudimentary Series, in the Arrangement of 1873, ed. Robert Hewison (London: Lion and Unicorn Press, 1984), cat. Rudimentary no. 15-021, RUD.018

    Ruskin, John, Instructions in Practice of Elementary Drawing, Arranged with Reference to the First Series of Examples in the Drawings Schools of the University of Oxford (n.p., [1872]), cat. Rudimentary no. 15-021

    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. 15-021

Location

    • Western Art Print Room

Position in Ruskin’s Collection

Ruskin's Catalogues

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