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Drawing - Madonna and Child with Cradle and a Bagpiper on Horseback
  • Madonna and Child with Cradle and a Bagpiper on Horseback
    Dürer, Albrecht, born 1471 - died 1528
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Madonna and Child with Cradle and a Bagpiper on Horseback

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (Probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1512 (Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dürer, Albrecht, born 1471 - died 1528 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and brown ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Man on horseback playing the bagpipes; His horse slowly walking towards the right; also a study of the Virgin suckling the Christ Child on the left in the corner at bottom.

Place of Origin

Germany (Probably, drawn)


ca.1512 (Drawn)


Dürer, Albrecht, born 1471 - died 1528 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pen and brown ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

1512 AD
The Dürer monogram and date are most likely a later addition.


Height: 267 mm, Width: 190 mm

Object history note

Bequeathed by the Rev. Alexander Dyce, 1869.

Provenance: Imhoff, Denon (Lugt 779), Dyce.
Marked with a V&A drystamp

In 1588 this drawing was inventoried as “Ein Sackpfeiffer uf einem Esel” in the collection of Willibald Imhoff (1519-1580) of Nuremberg. Imhoff's drawings by Dürer came directly from the art'st's heirs.
After 1588, the drawing was part of the Imperial collections, until 1805 or 1809 when it appeared in the collection of Baron Vivant Denon. After his death in 1825, the drawing entered the collection of the Rev. Alexander Dyce, by whom it was bequeathed to the Museum in 1869.

Historical context note

A undated hand-written note on the reverse on the paper on which the drawing is mounted reads: ‘Mr M. Peartree says this is absolutely genuine. The drg. is on a thin paper with the Nuremberg watermark + has been mounted on modern paper’.

Sidney Montagu Peartree (b. 1862) was Co-editor with of the Dürer Society volumes.

Descriptive line

Drawing; Madonna and Child with Cradle and a Bagpiper on Horseback; Albrecht Dürer; German School; c.1512.

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.
Winkler, F., Die Zeichnungen Albrecht Dürers, Berlin, 1938, Vol. III 1510-1520, Cat.522
Strauss, W.L., The Complete Drawings of Albrecht Dürer, Vol. III 1510-1519, New York, 1974, p.1310, Cat. 1512/7, illus


Pen; Brown ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Bagpipes; Horse; Man



Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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