Monday, 13 February 2017

Aegidius Sadeler II’s etching, “Wooded Landscape with a Hunter”


Aegidius Sadeler II (1570/75–1629) “Wooded Landscape with a Hunter” (TIB title) also “Forest landscape with wooden bridge” (Rijksmuseum title), 1609, after a drawing in the Louvre by Roelant Savery (1576–1639)
From the series “Six Mountainous Landscapes in Tyrol”
Etching with engraving on fine17th century laid paper with a shield watermark 
Size: (sheet) 19.2 x 26.2 cm

Inscribed within the image at lower-left “Rou. S. In.” State I (of II) (Note that the impression has been trimmed to the borderline. Consequently, the text line with the publisher’s attribution of “Marco Sadeler excudit” that defines the second state cannot be established. Nevertheless, based on the crispness and richness of the impression I propose that this would be a very early impression suggesting the first state.
Bartsch (72, Part 2 Supplement) 7201.238 S1; Nagler 1835–52. No. 229; Le Blanc, nos. 190–203; Wurzbach, no. 107; Hollstein 1980, vol. 21, no. 230; Piccin, no. 108

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
“Forest landscape with wooden bridge and single travellers. City in the distance. Sixth picture of a six-part series of mountain landscapes of Tyrol.” (http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.167931)

Condition: crisp, strong, richly inked impression, trimmed to a thread margin at the borderline of the image. It is an early impression with paper loss and restoration of the upper-left corner, general dustiness appropriate to the age of the print, two closed tears near the top borderline and minor breaks/nicks to the edges.

I am selling this extremely rare original print for a total cost of AU$458 (currently US$350.86/EUR330.86/GBP280.07 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this museum quality etching, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make your payment easy.

This print has been sold



This museum quality early impression by Aegidius Sadeler II is rare. In fact it is so rare that even the British Museum does not have a copy. Fortunately the Rijkesmuseum holds a copy of it: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.167931

To my eyes it is a remarkable image and the composition is worth close examination. Note, for instance, the visual echo of the forked tree effectively “holding” one of its fallen limbs in the foreground with the rickety bridge supported by a mid-stream rocky outcrop in the middle distance. Note also the parallel grouping of the most striking angles in the composition. For example, the tilted angle of the forked tree is shown at the same angle as the large limb of the tree on the right.





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