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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    16th - 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sabatini, Lorenzo (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red chalk on warm toned paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 13

Physical description

Study of a man stooping and hammering a nail in a wall; Red chalk on warm toned paper; With arched top.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, drawn)


16th - 17th century (made)


Sabatini, Lorenzo (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Red chalk on warm toned paper


Height: 6.2 in, Width: 8.7 in

Descriptive line

Sabatini, Lorenzo (ascribed to); Study of a man stooping and hammering a nail in a wall; Red chalk on warn toned paper; Bolognese School; 16th - 17th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings Volume I. 14th-16th century, London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1979, p. 214.

The text is as follows:

LOMBARDY: late 16th century


A crouching male nude about to strike a large nail with a hammer
Inscribed in ink in a later hand ‘Pr’ and along the lower edge with a line of writing that has been cut and rendered illegible; inscribed also on the 18th century mount ‘Lorenzo Sabbatini Bologn:’
Red chalk, with arched top
6 ¼ x 9 1/8 (158 x 232) Dyce 325

PROVENANCE Dyce Bequest 1869

LITERATURE Dyce Catalogue no. 325 (ascribed to Lorenzo Sabbatini. The inscription Pr may have been intended to refer to him.


Red chalk; Toned paper



Subjects depicted

Wall; Nails; Man




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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