About this artwork

Leonardo used both sides of the paper for his detailed studies of a dog's left forepaw. The paw, probably of a deerhound, is shown from a variety of angles. This is typical of Leonardo's analytical approach to the natural world, which he explored through extensive, and often annotated, drawings. Here Leonardo used metalpoint - a technique which required considerable control, for it was difficult to correct lines drawn with the metal (usually silver) stylus on specially prepared paper. The faint TL stamp, lower left, confirms the drawing, made around 1480, later formed part the drawings collection formed by the British painter Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830).

  • title:
    Studies of a Dog's Paw
  • accession number:
    D 5189
  • artist:
    Leonardo da VinciItalian (1452 - 1519)
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  • materials:
    Metalpoint on paper coated with a pale pink preparation
  • date created:
    About 1490 - 1495
  • measurements:
    14.10 x 10.70 cm (framed 34.50 x 29.50 x 3.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased by Private Treaty Sale with the aid of the Art Fund 1991
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci