One of Two Frogs

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One of Two Frogs about 1609
De Gheyn’s pen and ink drawing of a frog closely resembles an engraving, especially in its hooked strokes and diagonal shading. The frog is shown on its back with its hind legs outstretched to provide the best view of its under side. This detailed study scrutinises its surface appearance and structure. De Gheyn was acquainted with leading natural scientists in Leiden, and this drawing was probably made during his time there. Another closely related drawing is also in the collection of the Scottish National Gallery.

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The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.



  • Acc. No. D 5077 A
  • Medium Pen and brown ink on paper
  • Size 15.60 x 12.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1979