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ID number:  BIRBI-55.21
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Both, Jan (c. 1618-1652)
Title / Object name:  The mule driver
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Netherlands
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  1630s
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  220 x 295 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. Craddock & Barbard, November 1955

The mule with a low-slung head struggling under the weight of a heavy load is a motif that frequently appears in Both’s Italianate landscape scenes. For many, the mule was an affordable means of transport and an ideal working animal, combining the endurance and sure-footedness of a donkey with the strength of a horse. This print, deriving from a painting also by Both, uses the process of etching to experiment with the effects of light and shadow.

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Both, Jan
c. 1610
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