van den Avelen (aka Johannes
van den Aveelen; Johannes van den Aveele) (1655–1727)
Halle-Strömm Westrogothiæ” (aka “Halleström Waterfall in Västergötland” [Rijksmuseum
title]), 1705, plate 56, illustration to volume three of Erik Jönssen Dahlberg’s
"Suecia Antiqua et
Hodierna " (Sweden Ancient and Modern)—the largest Scandinavian topographical
work featuring 353 engraved plates depicting
Swedish cities, landscapes and subjects of pertinent interest in three volumes, published in 1705 in Stockholm.
Etching on laid
paper backed with a support sheet.
30.4 x 19.8 cm.; (plate) 27.4 x 17 cm. (image borderline) 24.9 x 15.8 cm.
plate above the image borderline: “CATARACTE HALLE-STRÖMM. WESTROGOTHIÆ.”
plate within the image borderline: (left side of the cataract) “Biörn Klewan.”
plate below the image borderline: (right) “I.v.d.Avelen. Sc. Holmiæ 1705.”
For a complete listing and description of all the illustrations in “Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna” see the amazing Vöbam website:
In this listing, Vöbam offers the following description of this print:
(Transl.) “III: 56. Halleströms waterfall in Västergötland, Cataractre Halle stream Westrogothiae), copper engraving by J. vd Aveelen 1705. The image is likely to make the waterfall more significant than it really was. Next to it, a ridge, along which one could climb upwards, "Biörn Klewan" appears. At the bottom is an eating company.”
offers a description of this print:
See also the
description offered by Fine Art Museums of San Francisco:
faultless impression with small margins (approx. 1.5 cm.). The sheet is in
excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains
or foxing) laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi
I am selling this
slightly bizarre etching featuring rocky outgrowths in the cataract/waterfall that
look (to my eyes) like spiky lumps floating on the downward rush of water, for AU$197 (currently US$135,13/EUR120.92/GBP104.03
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
If you are
interested in purchasing this fascinating topographical illustration exemplifying
what artists should avoid when rendering rocks in water, please contact me
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make
the payment easy.