Inscribed variously, in cartouches: "Inmortalitas, Rectitudo, Boni Viri pauci", and "Error WIgi"; beneath paths, "Semita" and "Viaregia".
Watermark: Crown over St. Catherine's Wheel, fragment (cf. Briquet 13542: Lyon, 1499), on left side of sheet.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Seventeenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972-1974. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976, p. 163-164.
The present sheet is from an unusual series of drawings made to illustrate a compendium of moral teachings based on ancient and modern aphorisms, witticisms, and precepts, appropriate for the instruction of a prince. The original manuscript had 37 drawings, a separate explanatory text, and inscriptions on the backs of some of the drawings. The entire manuscript was bound early with a 1511 edition of Josse Clichtove's Dogma moralium philosophorum. The volume remained intact until after it was sold by the London antiquarian book dealers Maggs Brothers in 1941. Thereafter, the binding and manuscript text were both lost and some inscriptions effaced. 33 of the drawings remained together in the collection of Ian Woodner and are now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington (For these, see Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art 1500-1800, p. 20-23).
Jean Michel Massing has proposed that the manuscript was compiled by Francois Demoulins (1501-1524), a Franciscan monk, scholar, humanist who served first as tutor and then as chaplain to young Francois D'Angouleme, the future Francois I of France (1494-1547). The identity of the draftsman is unknown.
Formerly attributed to Maître aux Pieds-Bots, active in Lyons after 1508.
Maître aux Pieds-Bots, active after 1508, Formerly attributed to.
Francis I, King of France, 1494-1547, former owner.
Korner, E., former owner.
Blyth, Charles R. 1883-1959, former owner.