The Hunter Caught by the Hares

about 1535–50
After Georg Pencz (German, about 1500–1550), Text by Hans Sachs (German, 1494–1576)

Catalogue Raisonné

Röttinger 40; Hollstein 141


Borderline: 25.5 x 39.3 cm (10 1/16 x 15 1/2 in.) Sheet: 54.5 x 39.5 cm (21 7/17 x 15 9/16 in)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Broadside, letterpress and woodcut with transparent washes applied via stencil

Not On View


Prints and Drawings



Text by Hans Sachs dated 25 April 1550


Rudolph II (b. 1552 - d. 1612), Holy Roman Emperor, Prague; 1620, following the Battle of White Mountain, captured and incorporated into the collection of Maximilian I (b. 1573 - d. 1651), Duke and Elector of Bavaria, Munich; 1632, during the Thirty Years' War, taken by the Dukes of Saxony and passed by descent through the Dukes of Saxe-Gotha-Altenberg and of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha [see note 1]; May 2-3, 1932, sold by the Dukes of Saxe-Coburg, Boerner, Leipzig, lot 490, for M 160. 1942, sold by P. and D. Colnaghi, London, to the MFA for $144. (Accession Date: February 12, 1942)

[1] The early provenance is provided in "Die Sammlung Graf Yorck von Wartenburg" (auction catalogue, Boerner, Leipzig, May 2-3, 1932), introduction (n.p.) and notes under lot no. 1. Catalogued as at Gotha (Xyl. II 248/9) by Heinrich Röttinger, Die Holzschnitte des Georg Pencz (Leipzig, 1914), p. 46, cat. no. 40.

Credit Line

Fund in memory of Horatio Greenough Curtis