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Sunday, 3 March 2019

A pair of Johannes Visscher's etchings (c1660) after Adriaen Brouwer



Johannes Visscher (aka Jan de Visscher) 1633–c1692)

“The Smoker” (Hollstein title) (aka “Suus cuique crepitus bene olet” [inscribed on plate (transl.) “Each has its own noise smells”]), 1660, from the series of four plates, “Interior with Boors”, after a drawing by Adriaen Brouwer (aka Adriaen Brauer; Adriaen Brauwer) (1605/1606–1638).

Etching and engraving on laid paper trimmed close to the plate mark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 22.7 x 17 cm; (plate) 22.4 x 16.6 cm; (image borderline) 19.3 x 14.9 cm
Numbered on plate within the image borderline: (lower right corner) “2”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “SUUS CUIQUE CREPITUS BENE OLET.”: (left) A. Brouwer delin.”; (right) J. de Visscher fecit auaforti”.
State iii (of iii) with the address of the publisher, Clemendt de Jonghe, erased.

Hollstein 107–110 (after Adriaen Brouwer);  Hollstein 11.III (D De Hoop Scheffer [ed.] 1992,  “Hollstein’s Dutch & Flemish Etching, Engraving and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700”, vol. XLI, p. 14)

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“A boor seated on a low bench smoking before a fire with an old peasant woman stooping behind with a bowl of food; after Adriaen Brouwer”

Condition: crisp impression but showing signs of wear to the plate with watercolour infilling replenishing the areas of wear. The sheet is trimmed with narrow margins around the plate mark and has been laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this print with Visscher’s “A Couple Saying Grace” from the same series (discussed next).










Johannes Visscher (aka Jan de Visscher) 1633–c1692)

“A Couple Saying Grace” (Hollstein title) (aka “imples omne animal benediction tva!” [inscribed on plate (transl.) “Fill all things living, the most!”]), 1660, from the series of four plates, “Interior with Boors”, after a drawing by Adriaen Brouwer (aka Adriaen Brauer; Adriaen Brauwer) (1605/1606–1638), published by Gerard Valck (1651/1652 - 1726).

Etching and engraving on laid paper trimmed close to the plate mark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 22.6 x 17.3 cm; (plate) 22 x 16.7 cm; (image borderline) 19.2 x 15.2 cm
Numbered on plate within the image borderline: (lower right corner) “1”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “IMPLES OMNE ANIMAL BENEDICTION TVA! / G. Valck excudit.”: (left) A. Brouwer delin.”; (right) J. de Visscher fecit auaforti”.
State v (of v) with the name of the publisher added.

Hollstein 107–110 (after Adriaen Brouwer);  Hollstein 10.V (D De Hoop Scheffer [ed.] 1992,  “Hollstein’s Dutch & Flemish Etching, Engraving and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700”, vol. XLI, p. 14)

The British Museum offers the following description of this print from the third state:
“A peasant couple saying grace at a low table in a sparse interior; after Adriaen Brouwer”

Condition: crisp impression but showing signs of wear to the plate with watercolour infilling replenishing the areas of wear. The sheet is trimmed with narrow margins around the plate mark and has been laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this pair of etchings by Visscher that are perfect examples for comparing how cross-hatched lines may produce moire effects when the angle of intersection is less than 45 degrees  (as seen here in “A Couple Saying Grace”) and how this patterning disappears when the angle is close to ninety degree (as seen in “The Smoker”)—for AU$260 in total for the pair of prints (currently US$184.04/EUR161.78/GBP139.47 at the time of posting these prints) 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 pair of prints showing everyday life for the rural poor in the late 1600s, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.










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