Studies of the Paw of a Dog or Wolf by Leonardo da Vinci

A double sided sheet of paws belonging to a dog or a wolf.


Silverpoint on paper
14 x 11 cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £670,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:

Faced with a complex, organic form, it is characteristic of the artist not to simply make a straightforward study of a foot from a single aspect. Rather the foot is studied from different aspects, even from below on the reverse of the sheet, as he searches to penetrate below superficial description in order to grasp the underlying structures of the bony joints. The acquisition of such an unquestionably autograph drawing represents a fitting addition to the distinguished collection of drawings nurtured and researched so notably by the late Keith Andrews and Hugh Macandrew. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Sir Thomas Lawrence; sold Christies 1860 to Lt. Col. N.R. Colville; by descent to James Colville.

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Scottish National Gallery The Mound, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH2 2EL 0131 624 6200

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