Parallel to the interest in the trades and professions evinced in Jost Amman's Ständebuch of 1568 were the investigations into costume during the sixteenth century undertaken by artists such as Enea Vico, Cesare Vecellio, Hans Holbein the Younger, and Melchior Lorch. A Danish draftsman, engraver, painter, architect, and author, Lorch had a highly productive career that ranged from Denmark to Turkey. This drawing is one of a group of fifteen costume studies, each characterized by a geometrical conception of form and a stark background against which the costume is displayed. They were probably intended as models for woodcuts. The annotation Altte Marke indicates the locale from which the costume originated: a district around 75 miles east of Berlin.
Signature: Signed with artist's monogram and dated, upper right, in brown ink: "MLF 1570" [ML in ligature]
Inscription: Inscribed by artist, upper right, in brown ink: "Altte Marcke"
John Evelyn (British, 1620–1706 Wotton, Surrey); by descent J. H. C. Evelyn (British, 1876–1922); by descent C. J. A. Evelyn (British, 1904–1976); Hon. Sherman Stonor (Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire); Evelyn sale, Sotheby's, London, March 15, 1966, lot, 3; Private Collection, London; Vendor: Hill-Stone, Inc.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 27, 1995–February 25, 1996.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 21, 2001–August 12, 2001.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700," April 3–September 3, 2012.
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Peter Ward-Jackson "Some Rare Drawings by Melchior Lorichs in the Collection of Mr. John Evelyn of Wotton, and Now at Stonor Park, Oxfordshire." The Connoisseur. vol. 135, April 1955, cat. no. 53, p. 93.
Erik Fischer Melchior Lorck: Drawings from The Evelyn Collection at Stonor Park, England and from The Department of Prints and Drawings, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. Ex. cat. Copenhagen, 1962, cat. no. 67, pp. 60, 115 (ill, ill.
Erik Fischer, Ernst Jonas Bencard, Mikael Bøgh Rasmussen Melchior Lorck. Melchoir Lorck, Copenhagen, 2009, fig. no. 1570, 2, vol. 1, p. 28, ill.
Stijn Alsteens, Freyda Spira Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400-1700 Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2012, cat. 40 (entry written by Freyda Spira); p. xiv (introduction written by Stijn Alsteens), ill.