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Saturday 2 March 2019

Jacques Callot's etching, "St Simon", c1631

Jacques Callot (1592–1635)

“St Simon”, c1631, from the series of 16 plates, “Salvatoris Beatae Mariae Virginis Sanctorum Apostolorum Icones” (aka “Les Grands Apôtres”), published by Israël Henriet (c1590–1661) in 1631.

Etching on laid paper trimmed along the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 14.1 x 9 cm
Inscribed on plate: (lower left) “Callot fec.”; (lower right) “Israel excud.”
State ii (of iii) lifetime impression, with the address of the publisher but before numbering.

Lieure 1927 1310.II (J Lieure 1927, “Jacques Callot”, 3 vols, Paris, Editions de la Gazette des Beaux-Arts); Meaume 1860 117.II (of III) (Édouard Meaume 1860, “Recherches sur la vie et les ouvrages de Jacques Callot”, 2 volumes, Paris).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print from the third state:
“St Simon, standing whole-length, turned to right, reading a book through spectacles and leaning on a saw; in the background, representation of the saint preaching to a crowd on the left and of his martyrdom on the right.”

Condition: marvellous, richly inked impression trimmed along the image borderline and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in excellent condition with very few marks for its considerable age.

I am selling this superb etching revealing Callot’s skill in using the famous etching needle that he developed—the “échoppe”—that enabled him to make swelling lines, for AU$285 (currently US$201.74/EUR177.33/GBP152.88 at the time of posting this print) 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 strong impression of a very rare print, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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