Monday, 12 June 2017

Lambrecht Hopfer’s etching, “Bearing of the Cross”, c.1530, after Durer

Lambrecht Hopfer (aka Lambert Hopfer) (active c.1525–50)
“The Bearing of the Cross”, c.1530 (BM c.1520–50), plate 9 after Albrecht Dürer’s (1471–1528) engraving from the “Small Passion” series (Meder 12; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 54)

Etching on laid paper with Funk number (181)
Size: (sheet) 16.1 x 10 cm; (plate) 15.1 x 8.6 cm
Incised with the Funck number “181” (certifying that this was from the early 17th century David Funck, Nuremberg, edition) at the lower left and with the artist’s monogram on a tablet at the upper right corner.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Christ carrying the cross; after Dürer (Meder 12); Christ at centre; a henchman urging him on by pulling his cloak; soldiers in background; Simon of Cyrene kneeling in left foreground and the Virgin and St Veronica following the Cross at left; from a series of fifteen etchings after Dürer's Small Passion.” (

TIB 17(8).11(527) (Walter L Strauss & Robert A Koch [Eds.] 1981, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 17, p. 282); Hollstein 11.I (Hollstein, F W H, “German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c.1400-1700”, Amsterdam, 1954); Bartsch VIII.527.11 (Bartsch, Adam, “Le Peintre graveur”, 21 vols, Vienna, 1803)

Condition: good impression from a slightly worn iron etching plate with small margins. The sheet is in good condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, abrasions, stains, folds or foxing) with remnants of mounting (verso).

I am selling this remarkably strong image from the son of the acclaimed first printmaker to create an etching (Daniel Hopfer), for a total cost of AU$319 (currently US$240.65/EUR214.50/GBP189.55 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you wish to purchase this rare print from the Renaissance era, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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