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Design for a strapwork frame

Design for a strapwork frame

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    1591 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Graffico, Camillo (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 122

Physical description

Title page, border of strapwork with two vases and two swags of fruit. Encloses a medallion portrait of a Sultan.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)


1591 (made)


Graffico, Camillo (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed in monogram.

The plate for the framing border signed in monogram .C.G.F..

The central medallion printed from a separate plate lettered NATTVRRALLI. E. VERRI RETRAtti. D. TVTI. LI. SIGNIORI DE. TVRRCHI. IN VENETIA ALL. INSEGNA. DEL LEONE. and dated 1591


Height: 20.4 cm Cut to, Width: 15.5 cm Cut to

Object history note

Miller (1999): For similar borders, possibly replacements for these plates, see E.821 to 829-1927.

Descriptive line

Camillo Graffico. Plate of strapwork borders designed to enclose portraits printed from separate plates. First issued with a set of portraits of Sultans of Turkey. Italian, Venice, 1591.

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

Miller, E., 16th-century Italian ornament prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1999, p. 49-50 (cat. 6).
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1927, London: Board of Education, 1928.


Printing ink


Engraving; Intaglio printing

Subjects depicted

Sultan; Fruit


Ornament prints; Portraits; Frames; Designs; Royalty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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