Emanuel von Baeyer

Adam and Eve

Hans Sebald Beham
1500 Nurenberg - 1550 Frankfurt am Main

Engraving after Barthel Beham (1502–1540). Size of sheet: 8.2 × 5.7 cm.


Pauli 7 II/V;

Hollstein German 7 II/V.


Frederick Mulder, London;

John Kasmin Collection, London;

Christie’s Sale, London, Old Master and British Works on Paper: Drawings, Watercolours and Prints 1500-1900, 5 July 2022, lot. 171, as III/V;

Property of a European Collector.



Extraordinary impression of the rare second state of five, before several hatchings, most notably in the deepest shadow in the background around Eve.


With thread margins or trimmed just inside the platemark but outside the borderline, in very good condition. One of the finest examples one could hope for of this famous and sought-after image.

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