2. Hans Sebald Beham

The Country Wedding (Nos. 1-4)

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Beham, The Country Wedding

The Country Wedding (Nos. 1-4)

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Engravings from the set of 12, 1537, 49 x 35 mm., Bartsch 166-169; Pauli 155-158, ex collection: Dr. Herweg (not in Lugt). Fine impressions on laid paper, mostly with thread margins, in places trimmed on or just inside the plate mark. The group includes Two Musicians (playing bagpipe and shawm), Couple Dancing to the Left, Couple Walking to the Left and Couple Dancing Back to Back. Beham’s peasant scenes were as much a part of the cultural and social legacy of Germany in the 16th century as any portrait of a reigning prince or documentation of an architectural monument. They were collected avidly by intellectuals of the time as well as by the peasants themselves, at least the wealthier ones, and they evoke for us today something of the life of 500 years ago.

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