Tuesday 12 February 2019
Anthonie Waterloo's etching, “The Pierced Rock”, c1660
Anthonie Waterloo (aka Anthoni Waterloo; Antoni Waterlo) (1609–1690)
“The Pierced Rock” (Le Rocher Percé), c1660 (BM’s attribution: 1637–1690), plate 1 from the series of four plates, “Four landscapes,” from the Basan Edition (c1785) with the name of the previous publisher, Reinier and Joshua Ottens (fl.1726–65) erased below the artist’s monogram. Peter Morse (1992) (TIB, vol. 2, Part 1, Commentary, p. 10) advises that the British Museum holds a related drawing executed in black chalk and wash.
Etching on laid paper trimmed close to the plate mark.
Size: (sheet) 10.6 x 12.2 cm; (plate) 10.3 x 12 cm
Inscribed on plate at upper left corner: “A. W. F.”
Numbered on plate at upper right corner: “1”.
State iv (of iv)
TIB 0201.003 S4 (Peter Morse 1992, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Antoni Waterloo”, vol. 2, Part 1, Commentary, New York, Abaris Books, p. 10); Hollstein 3.III; Bartsch III.12.3.
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“The pierced rock; a traveller resting on the roadside underneath an overgrown stone arch at right”
Condition: a crisp and strong impression with minimal signs of wear to the printing plate in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, abrasions or significant stains—there is faint foxing). The verso has remnants of mounting at the upper corners and collectors’ stamps, and notes in ink and pencil.
I am selling this luminous and graphically eye-catching etching—one of Waterloo’s small masterworks showcasing the 17th century interest in natural forces shaping the landscape—for AU$214 (currently US$151.45/EUR134.43/GBP117.93 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).
If you are interested in purchasing this small gem of an etching designed to draw the viewer’s gaze into the inner world of the landscape, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold