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  • Print
    Vredeman de Vries, Hans, born 1527 - died 1604
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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1573 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vredeman de Vries, Hans, born 1527 - died 1604 (designer)
    Lafréry, Antonio, born 1512 - died 1577 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 30

This print depicts a strapwork cartouche. Strapwork is a type of decoration which mimics the appearance of curled and intertwined bands of a flat material such as leather or sheet metal. Its origins are in early 16th century Italian art, but the design was also popular throughout Northern Europe from about 1535-1630. A cartouche is an elaborately decorated frame which can contain words, a picture or, as in this print, be left blank. The unknown Italian engraver of this print copied it from one designed by the Netherlandish artist Hans Vredeman de Vries, which had been published 18 years earlier in 1555, in Antwerp.

Physical description

Lozenge-shaped cartouche, top left and right fuming ewers. Copy of Fuhring (1997), 20.

Place of Origin

Rome (published)


ca. 1573 (published)


Vredeman de Vries, Hans, born 1527 - died 1604 (designer)
Lafréry, Antonio, born 1512 - died 1577 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Numbered 7


Height: 18.4 cm plate, Width: 13.5 cm plate

Object history note

Part of a group of objects previously in possession of Mr. R.S.Smith [South Kensington Museum employee?].

Descriptive line

Anonymous Italian engraving after Hans Vredeman de Vries of a cartouche, published by Antonio Lafrery, Italian, ca. 1573.

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

Fuhring, P., Hollstein's Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450-1700, Volume XLVI, I Vredeman de Vries, Part I, 1555-1571, Rotterdam, 1997, no.s 14-26, copy 1.
Ornament and Architecture: Renaissance Drawings, Prints and Books, Exhibition Catalogue, Brown University, Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Providence, Rhode Island, 1980, 86, as Hans Vredeman de Vries.
Miller, E., 16th-century Italian ornament prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1999, p. 45 (cat. 5).
Miller, E., A Reassembled Volume of Sixteenth-century Italian Ornament Prints Published by Antonio Lafrery (forthcoming).


Paper; Ink




Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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