Tuesday, 9 April 2019
Boëtius Adamsz. Bolswert's etching, “Landscape with Rocks and River”, 1614,
Boëtius Adamsz. Bolswert (aka Boëtius Adamsz. Bolswerd) (1580–1633)
“Landscape with Rocks and River” (Landschap met Rotsen en Rivier), 1614, after the design by Abraham Bloemaert (aka Abraham Bloemaart) (1564–1651), plate 20 from the series of 20 prints, “Landscapes with Farmhouses” (aka “Landscapes with Farms”; “Landschappen met boerderijen”).
Etching on laid paper trimmed close to the platemark and backed with a support sheet. (Note that the British Museum advises that the print is an engraving but I agree with the Rijksmuseum that it is an etching.)
Size: (sheet) 15.8 x 24.9 cm; (plate) 15.7 x 24.7 cm; (image borderline) 15.3 x 24.4 cm.
Numbered on plate within the image borderline at lower left of centre: ”20”.
Roethlisberger 1993 249 (Marcel G Roethlisberger 1993, “Abraham Bloemaert and his sons: Paintings and prints”, 2 vols, Doornspijk, Davaco, pp. 196–198, cat. no. 249); Hollstein 357 (F W H Hollstein 1950, “Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450-1700: Boekhorst–Brueghel”, vol. 3. Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, p. 67, cat. no. 357).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Plate 20: Mountain landscape with two figures on a large rock at centre, a cascade at centre, two other figures standing on a rock in distance; after Abraham Bloemaert.”
See also the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum:
Condition: crisp and well-printed early impression (based on the lines showing no sign of wear to the printing plate), trimmed along the platemark and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. There are restored losses to the tips of the upper left and lower right corners, otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing).
I am selling this amazing landscape rendered in curved lines as if drawn by sense of touch rather than eye, for a total cost of AU$300 (currently US$214.41/EUR190.22/GBP164.09 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 perfect example of a haptic experience of 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