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ID number:  BIRBI-55.12
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Stimmer, Abel (1542-after 1606)
Title / Object name:  Design for a Glass Painting
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Switzerland
Culture:  Swiss
Date made:  Late 16th century
Materials:  Pen and grey wash heightened with white on greenish prepared paper
Measurements:  334 x 220 mm
Provenance:  Purchased at Sotheby's, 9 June 1955, lot 38, for £110
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Presumably husband and wife, these figures hold objects that suggest their marital roles, the woman holding a cup traditionally associated with fertility. Behind her is an image of an eagle sitting on three hills, which are duplicated on the shield with the initials SP or SB perhaps referring to the wife’s name. During the 16th century the motif was included on the Hungarian Royal family’s coat of arms, representing three specific mountain ranges, and therefore here could refer to the woman’s royal connections. An area of a shield has been left blank in respect of the husband, which may indicate that the design is unfinished.

Inscriptions / Translations:  'Inscribed on roundel c.l.: T. Stimmer [?]: on shield l.c.: SP [or SB, twice] and on verso: Stimmer. Collector's Mark: Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092).

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