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Thursday 4 April 2019

Dancker Danckerts’ etching, “Afternoon: shepherd family resting with herd”, c1663, after Nicolaes Berchem

Dancker Danckerts (1634–1666)

“Afternoon: shepherd family resting with herd” (Middag: herdersfamilie rust met kudde), 1660–1666) after Nicolaes Berchem (aka Nicolaes Pietersz.Berchem; Nicolaes Pietersz. Berrighem; Nicolaes Berchen; Niclas Berghem; Claes Berighem) (621/22–1683), plate 2 from the series of 4 plates, “The Four Times of Day”, published by Nicolaes Visscher II (aka Nicolaas Visscher; Claes Claesz Visscher; Nicolai Vischer) (1649–1702).

Etching on heavy wove paper trimmed close to the plate mark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 38.3 x 48.3 cm; (plate) 38 x 47.7 cm; (image borderline) 35.4 x 46.5 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) "Berghem inventor.”; (centre) “Ex Formis Nicolai Visscher cum Privelegio Ordinum Hollandiæ et Westfrisæ.”; (right) “Dancker Danckerts Fecit.” (virtually erased “et Excudit”)
State v? (of v) with the plate number and Danckerts role as publisher erased and replaced with Nicolaes Visscher II as publisher.

Hollstein Dutch 23–5(5) (F W H Hollstein 1951,Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450-1700: Cornelisz. – Dou”, vol. 5, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, p. 130, cat. no. 23).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print in its second state:
(Transl.) “Shepherd family rests with herd of cows by trees. Shepherdess is sitting with child on her lap. Print number 2 from series of four prints with times of the day.”
See also the description of the print in its first state held by the Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum:

Condition: richly inked impression with strong contrasts. There is a closed tear towards the centre of the left side, otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no folds, holes, abrasions, stains, foxing or significant signs of use). The sheet is trimmed close to the plate-mark and backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this large and visually arresting etching, glowing with strong tonal contrasts—the dramatic light effect of late afternoon—for AU$250 (currently US$177.85/EUR158.39/GBP135.37 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 spectacular print vibrant with sparkling light, 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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