Hans Janssen (Dutch, 1605–after 1631)
Blackwork and engraving
plate 3 5/16 x 1 7/16 in. (8.4 x 3.7 cm) (cropped on plate marks)
The Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1947 (47.108.11)
This design for a vertical panel, filled with meandering branches and vegetal scrollwork, is reminiscent of late fifteenth-century prints by Martin Schongauer and Israhel van Meckenem. Interspersed between the meandering scrollwork are various birds and other animals. The bottom half of the design shows a man and woman taking a stroll, accompanied by a dog. The size of the print and its technique indicate that it was meant as a decoration for a small rectangular metal surface, the lid of a box for example. The fact that Hans Janssen is mainly known through designs for decoration of gold- and silversmith work supports this impression.