The Return of the Prodigal Son (No 4 from "The History of the Prodigal Son")

Hans Sebald Beham, German, 1500 - 1550



Engraving on paper


Sheet: 2 3/8 × 3 7/8 in. (6 × 9.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



Place Made: Germany, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, upper center: FILIVS MEVS MORTVVS ERAT, ET REVIXIT, PERIERAT, ET INVENTVS EST, LVCE.XV.; initialled, in plate, upper right: HSB [artist's monogram]; inscribed, in plate, lower left: 4; reverse, inscribed in graphite, center: B34; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, lower left: 12965; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, lower center C.18786 / c.9669/.4 [crossed out]; reverse inscribed, in graphite, lower right: #10495/4; Collector's mark, reverse, stamped, in purple ink, lower left: [three tower castle over shield] [Lugt 2721]; Collector's mark, reverse, stamped, in brown ink, lower left: P. Davidson [Lugt 654]


Paul Davidsoh (born 1839) Berlin, Germany [Lugt 654]; Erich von Rath (born 1881) Bonn, Germany [Lugt 2721]; James A. Bergquist, Newton Centre, Massachusetts; sold to present collection, 2015.

Catalogue Raisonne

Bartsch 31-34; Meyer Kunstler lexidon 32-36; Pauli 33-36; Hollstein 33-36: 33 & 34;

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