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Friday 27 September 2019

Adriaen Collaert's engraving, "Fishing", 1582. after Hans Bol

(Attrib. according to the BM) Adriaen Collaert (c1560–1618) or the studio of Philips Galle (1537–1612) (according to the Rijksmuseum).

“Fishing” (“Hengelsport”), 1582, plate 43 from the series of forty-eight engravings (BM) or fifty-four engravings (Rijksmuseum), “Venationis, piscationis, et aucupii typi” (Hunting, Fishing and Fowling Scenes) after Hans Bol (1534–93), published by Philips Galle (according to the BM) and/or Theodoor Galle (1571–1633) (according to the Rijksmuseum) in Antwerp.

Engraving on fine laid paper trimmed along the platemark and backed with a conservator’s support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 8 x 21.9 cm; (image borderline) 6.8 x 21.6 cm.
Inscribed below the image borderline: (from the left) “43”; "Piscis inescato capitur sic squāmiger hamo, […] Dum tremula pendet ceratum ab arúdine filum." ([transl.] "Scaly fish are thus caught with a hook, a waxed line being attached to a quivering rod.")

State ii? (of ii?) After the addition of the plate number, “43”. My uncertainty about the number of other states is that I understand that there were alterations to the number sequences in the later 1633 edition (e.g. plate 37 became plate 47). This impression is certainly an early one as there is very little wear to the printing plate.

New Hollstein Dutch R20-2 (2) (Marjolein Leesberg [comp.] Manfred Sellink [ed.] 2001, “The New Hollstein: Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700”, vol 4, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision, p. 250, cat. R20); Hollstein Dutch 152 (FWH Hollstein 1950, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700”, vol. 3, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, p. 52, cat. 152).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“A cityscape with a large bridge (with a tower) over a river; fishermen use rods to cast their lines from the riverbank, left and right, and others on the bridge use a basket at the end of a long pole; two figures on horseback are crossing the bridge; at far right a woman carries water on a yoke; at bottom left a man puts his catch into a sack; after Hans Bol”

See also the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum:
(transl.) “On the banks of a river, some men catch fish with the help of a fishing rod. In the background a bridge over the river. There men try to catch fish with a landing net. The print has a Latin signature and is part of a series of 54 prints.”

Condition: marvellous early impression showing virtually no wear to the plate from the numbered publication state (state ii?). The sheet has been trimmed along the platemark and is laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet has the patina of handling marks appropriate to the age of the print and there is an ink smudge on the first word of the text (perhaps made at the time of printing?); otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, abrasions, folds, stains or foxing).

I am selling this museum-quality rare engraving showing fishing practices in the late 1500s, for the total cost of AU$320 (currently US$216.30/EUR197.96/GBP175.42 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this jewel-like panoramic illustration featuring rod fishermen in the foreground with net fishermen on a double arched bridge in the middle distance and a city beyond, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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