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Saturday 30 November 2019

Anthonie Waterloo's etching, “The Leaning Tree”, c.1665

Anthonie Waterloo (aka Antoni Waterlo) (1609–90)
“The Leaning Tree” (L’arbre cru de biais), 1640–90, from the series, “Six Landscapes” (H.53-58), published between 1784 and 1786 by Pierre-François Basan (1723–1797) with amendments to the printing plate such as “a new branch, a single line, is drawn through an open area in the foliage forty-five millimetres from the top margin and twenty-nine millimetres from the right margin” (see Peter Morse’s commentary for TIB 0201.058 S3).
Etching on laid paper trimmed with small margins (approx. 7 mm) and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 14.2 x 15.4 cm; (plate) 13 x 14.2 cm; (image borderline) 12.5 x 13.6 cm
Inscribed on plate at lower right corner: "AW.F."
State iii (of iii)
See the two ealier states at the Rijksmuseum:

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“The leaning tree; the trunk stretching from the mound at left towards the centre; reeds and grasses growing on the edge of the pond at right; a forest in left background, view of a mountain at right; from a series of six landscapes.” (,U.1228&page=1)
TIB 0201.058 S3 (Peter Morse [ed.] 1992, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Antoni Waterloo”, vol. 2, Part 1, Commentary, New York, Abaris Books, p. 76, cat. no. .058 S3; see also vol. 2, p. 49, cat. no. 58 [64]); Hollstein 58.III (Christiaan Schuckman [comp.] 1997, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts c.1450–1700: Antoni Waterloo”, vol. 50, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision Rijksprentenkabinet, p. 140, cat. no. 58); Bartsch II.64.58 (Adam Bartsch 1803, “Le Peintre Graveur”, 21 vols, Vienna).
Condition: a well-printed impression showing minor wear to the printing plate. The sheet is in very good condition (i.e. there are no stains, tears, abrasions, holes, abrasions, losses, significant stains or foxing) and is laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.
Note that this is the second copy of this print that I have listed (the earlier listing that was trimmed at the platemark has been sold).
I am selling this superb impression by Waterloo—one of the well-known masters from the 17th century—for the total cost of AU$273 (currently US$184.68/EUR167.58/GBP142.80 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this carefully considered composition that has undergone many subtle changes in its evolution to this final state (e.g. the tree in the middle distance once had a trunk that extended down to the water reeds—and traces of the trunk’s original lines can still be seen—and the far distant tree on the right evolved from having a rounded foliage mass to its present rather spiky form), 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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