Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Léonard Gaultier’s engraving, “The Prophet Jeremiah”, c1622/49


Léonard Gaultier (aka Léonard Gautier) (c1561–c1635)

“The Prophet Jeremiah” (Le Prophete Jeremie), c1622/49, from the series of 17 engravings, “The Prophets”, published by Jean Messager (c1572–1649).

Engraving on fine laid paper with printed text verso lined onto a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 13.7 x 13.2 cm; (image borderline) 12.3 x 12.3 cm
Lettered on banner at upper left: “LE PROPHETE IEREMIE.”
Inscribed: (lower left) “I. Messager excudit.”; (lower right) “L. GauLtier incidit.”

Condition: crisp impression with margins and printed text verso (as published) laid onto a support sheet of washi paper. The sheet is in pristine condition for its age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, abrasions, stains, folds or foxing).

I am selling this spectacularly well-executed image of the Prophet Jeremiah—famous for his liturgical writings around the time of Nebuchadnezzar— for AU$89 in total (currently US$67.35/EUR57.37/GBP50.43 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this early engraving in superb/pristine condition, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold


Sadly, my knowledge of the prophets at the time of Nebuchadnezzar (the famous king of Babylon) is alarmingly thin and so my explanation of Jeremiah’s role as a prophet in communicating God’s words is bound to be flawed. Nevertheless, I understand from a very brief stint of bible study this evening that he is remembered for confronting false prophets and for wearing a yoke—the type fitted to oxen—to symbolically demonstrate that God controls his people (like oxen) and those that please God by siding with Nebuchadnezzar will be blessed, whereas those that are not appropriately subservient will be sliced and diced by the sword, or die by famine or plague (see Jer. 27: 4–8).







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