ca.1656 (made)
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Etching on wove paper showing three male heads in profile to the right, signed 'L.', lettered 'AC.'.

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Brief Description
Etching included in a volume containing 43 plates by Nicholas Lanier I (1568-1646) or II (1588-1666) and Lucas Vorsterman I (1595-1675) or II (1624-c.1667), after drawings by Parmigianino, Giulio Romano and others. These impressions were probably printed in the early 19th century, and then bound in the volume, titled 'Lanier's Drawing Book 1656'. This plate, by Lanier (I or II), shows the head of a bearded warrior, wearing a helmet, in profile to the right.
Physical Description
Etching on wove paper showing three male heads in profile to the right, signed 'L.', lettered 'AC.'.
  • Height: 8.6cm
  • Width: 5.1cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'L' (Signed)
  • 'Polidoro.' (Lettered)
This etching is signed 'L.'. According to entries in the note books of George Vertue, English writer, engraver and antiquary (1684-1756), there were two etchers called Nicholas Lanier, but they are only to be distinguished by different death dates. He notes that Lanier (which could refer to I or II) signed his work 'L'.
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Bibliographic Reference
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1964. London: HMSO, 1965.
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record createdJune 30, 2009
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