German drawings from a private collection (catalogue of an exhibition held at the Department of Prints & Drawings, British Museum, 9 February-29 April 1984; later shown In Washington, DC, and Nuremberg)
London, British Museum Publications, 1984
(25 cm), 72 pp., 73 black & white illustrations. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Exhibition of drawings by Martin Schongauer, Sebald Beham, Erhard Schön, Hans Baldung Grien, Jörg Breu the Elder, Hans Weiditz, among other artists, from the collection of Edmund Schilling (1888-1974), formerly Keeper of prints and drawings at the Städel Institute in Frankfurt, latterly an independent scholar, drawings dealer and advisor. 73 catalogue entries. Schilling’s collecting “was limited by his means, but he acquired some fine drawings of his own, not only of the German but also of the Netherlandish and other schools; for he was above all a practical connoisseur, and liked to think or write ‘with his eye on the object’. These he would show to his visitors with modest pride, and discuss with complete impartiality” (from an obituary by James Byam Shaw, in The Burlington Magazine, volume 117, January 1975, p.51). The exhibition travelled to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg (catalogue translated as Deutsche Zeichnungen aus einer Privatsammlung : Ausstellung im Germanischen Nationalmuseum Nürnberg vom 3. August 1984 bis 23. September 1984, edited by Gerhard Bott, Nuremberg 1984). The collection was bequeathed to the British Museum by his widow, Rosi Schilling, and exhibited in its entirety September 1997-January 1998. ¶ Excellent copy.