The Baptism of Christ

about 1490–1500
Master HOS with the knife (also known as Master BOS with the knife) (Dutch, active in 1475–1500)

Catalogue Raisonné

Lehrs 002 (unique impression); Hollstein vol. 12, p. 183


Sheet: 15.8 x 12.0 cm (6 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Signed in plate, lower right: BOS (with a knife above)


Watermark [unidentified]


John Barnard (d. 1784; Lugt 1419), London; April 16 and following days, 1798, his sale, under the direction of Thomas Philipe, London, lot 34 [see note]. After April, 1798, the Earls of Pembroke, Wilton House; by descent to their heirs, including Reginald Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke (b. 1880 - d. 1960), who sold 16 albums that contained the print collection; July 5-6, 1917, Wilton House sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 11, purchsed for £31 by the MFA. (Accession Date: October, 1917)

Note: This impression does not have Barnard's mark on the verso. The information that it was in his collection comes from Lehrs, in the Geschichte und Kritischer Katalog des Deutschen, Niederländischen und Französischen Kupferstichs im XV. Jahrhundert, vol. VII, p. 364. The 1798 auction catalogue of Barnard's collection, listing an engraving ofthis title by "bos", is online.

Credit Line

Gift of Paul J. Sachs