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  • Place of origin:

    Venice (Designed)

  • Date:

    16/10/1559 (Designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fero, Lunardo (Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen an ink and watercolour on laid paper.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case V, shelf 5, box B

Designs for embroidery from a volume of designs by Lunardo Fero dedicated to Elena Foscara, 16 October 1559.

Physical description

Leaf of two different designs arranged side-by-side on cream-coloured laid paper with a watermark. The designs are drawn in pen and brown ink and painted in watercolour. The design on the left is formed in a right-angle and consists of leaf-like shapes in red, green and yellow-ochre. The design on the right is a squarish form in the centre of which is a bird singing against a central, yellow-ochre globe both surrounded by green leaves and red flowerlets.

Place of Origin

Venice (Designed)


16/10/1559 (Designed)


Fero, Lunardo (Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen an ink and watercolour on laid paper.

Marks and inscriptions

The figure is written in the same brown ink as that in which the designs are drawn.


Height: 19.3 cm, Width: 14.5 cm

Object history note

The right-angled form of one of the designs probably indicates that this design was for bed-curtains or curtains.

Descriptive line

Design for embroidery from a volume of designs by Lunardo Fero

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1909, London: Printed For His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1910


Ink; Watercolour; Paper


Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Bird; Flowers; Leaves


Embroidery; Designs; Fashion; Pattern books; Textiles


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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