The Little Courier

Albrecht Dürer
Nuremberg 1471 -1528
The Little Courier
1496 c.
Sheet 111 x 80 mm

monogrammed in the lower center

Bartsch no. 80; Meder-Hollstein, n. 79 a/e; Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum, p. 48, n. 10 a/e

Kupferstichkabinett, München (Lugt 1093) the mark on the verso, which was introduced in 1904 for the sale of doubles. Free transfer 28/1/1921. 
For the history of the Kupferstichkabinett see Lugt 2723.

A fine Meder a impression, on paper without watermark, printed with burr in the darkest shadow, in excellent condition, small margins all around, the surfaces unpressed.

Dürer was fascinated by horses and riders: this engraving is the first of many, including

some of his most important works in both engraving and woodcut: with The Knight and the Lansquenet (B. 131) and Knight, Death and the Devil (B. 98) being the most noteworthy.

Dürer’s little engraving was very popular and was copied at least five times by other engravers; it is part of a group of small secular prints created around 1496-97.

A drawing in relation to our engraving, executed in pen, is in the British Museum (SL,5218.98).