Sunday, 15 May 2016
Felix Meyer (1653–1713)
"Riverscape with Three Travellers", 1675, published by Christoph Weigel (1654–1725).
Etching on fine laid paper, watermarked with "Aescuiapian Staff"
Size: (sheet) 12.8 x 16.4 cm; (image borderline) 12 x 15.6 cm.
Inscribed below the borderline: (left) "I. C. Weigel exc."; (right) "No. 73."
Hollstein, F W H, "German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c.1400-1700", Amsterdam, 1954.
Condition: excellent impression, trimmed on or within the plate mark. The sheet is in good condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, stains or foxing) with remnants of mounting hinges verso.
I am selling this rare and excellent original etching by Felix Meyer for AU$138 in total (currently US$100.53/EUR88.89/GBP69.97at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this highly evocative romantic scene by a major Swiss old master, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
Meyer is one of the famous Swiss old masters but rarely does one get a really good insight into such an artist's persona than the following account offered in Sholto and Reuben Percy's (1852) "The Percy Anecdotes", Vol. 4:
"An Abbot of St. Florian, Austria, being desirous to have two grand apartments painted in fresco ... applied to Felix Meyer, who was then on his travels, for his advice as to the manner in which he would have it executed. Meyer ... viewed the place for a few minutes; and then taking a long stick, to which he fastened a piece of charcoal, he immediately began to design, saying, 'Here I would have a tree:' which he marked out as quick as possible. 'At the remote distance I would represent a forest thus: here a fall of water, tumbling from great rocks,' and so on. As fast as he spoke, he designed, and deprived the Abbot of the power of expressing his approbation, so much he was lost in astonishment, to see a design with such elegance and taste, executed even without any time being allowed for reflection. At the Abbot's request, Meyer undertook to finish the design; which he completed in the course of the summer. This adventure spread the reputation of Meyer through all Germany; and was thenceforward continually employed by the princes and nobility in Europe." (pp. 136–37)