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A Falcon on a Perch, 1581-1592

Christoph Schwarz ?
Allemagne, 1548 - 1592
pen and black ink with watercolour over traces of black chalk, heightened with opaque white, partially incised with stylus, on laid paper, laid down on laid paper, mounted on wove paper
21.6 x 8.9 cm
Purchased 1961
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9680)

This is likely a preparatory sketch for a finished drawing now in Stockholm that forms part of a series of eight "portraits" of falcons probably owned by Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria (1548-1626). Falconry was considered the sport of gentry throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Here we see a goshawk, prized for its ferocity and beauty.

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