Many early engravers used the medium to create motifs for craftsmen. The design for this Gothic
fountain calls for the work to be executed in gold or silver and for scented water to spout from the
gargoyle heads into the square, carved basins below.
Like the great majority of the Master with a Key’s prints, this sheet illustrating a design for a fountain
is very rare, and only a few impressions are known. Offset on the verso is the faint image of a ship, a
subject that inspired eight other engravings.