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Creator:
Francis Barlow, 1622–1704, British
Title:
Man Hunting with a Pointed Staff and a Hound
Date:
ca. 1645-1650
Medium:
Pen and brown ink on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 4 5/8 × 6 inches (11.7 × 15.2 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Collector's mark: "TEL"; Paul Mellon collector's mark

Signed in pen and brown ink, lower right: "Francis Barlow | inventi it"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.4144
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
dogs (animals) | hunting | man | sporting art | staffs (staff weapon components)
Access:
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Curatorial Comment:
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Many features of this drawing suggest that it was meant to be engraved. The cross-hatching and emphatic outlines are unmistakably reminiscent of preparatory sketches for the engraver. The expression “invent it” (from the Latin “invenit”, i.e., “has invented”) specifically refers to the convention of prints as well. Judging from the vignette-like design of this drawing, similar in format and inspiration to an equestrian subject in the Blofeld collection (background lacking), this piece may have been destined to be part of a sourcebook or design manual for artists. The overly emphatic signature, with its exaggerated festooning, is perhaps indicative of a work produced in Barlow's early career. Indeed, comparison with “David Slaying the Lion” (British Museum, London) suggests that the drawing dates to the late 1640s. The exact subject of this composition is uncertain; the title was not given by the artist himself. It has sometimes been referred to as “otter hunting,” although this has been convincingly contested (Egerton and Snelgrove, 1978, p. 20; Stainton and White, 1987, p. 142). Barlow designed an “Otter Hunting” (etched by Yeates) for Blome’s compendium in which two-pointed prongs are used by hunters; furthermore, the hounds usually required for this type of hunting do not resemble those appearing in this sheet.
--Stephane Roy,2007-01
Exhibition History:
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Drawing in England from Hilliard to Hogarth (Yale Center for British Art, 1987-09 - 1987-11-08)

Drawing in England from Hilliard to Hogarth (British Museum, 1987-06-17 - 1987-08)

Paul Mellon's Legacy : A Passion for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-04-18 - 2007-07-29)

An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-04-18 - 2007-07-29)

An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy (Royal Academy of Arts, 2007-10-20 - 2008-01-27)

Publications:
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John Baskett, Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art : masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, pp. 244-45, no. 9, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, British sporting and animal drawings c.1500-1850: A Catalogue, The Paul Mellon Collection , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, p. 20, NC780 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Lindsay Stainton, Drawing in England from Hilliard to Hogarth, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1987, p. 142, no. 101, NC228 S73 1987 (YCBA)

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:13874
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