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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Herman van Swanevelt’s etching, “Landscape with Sunset”, c.1655


Herman van Swanevelt (aka Herman Swaneveld) (c.1603–1655)

“Landscape with Sunset” (aka “Landschap met zonsondergang”; “Sunset Landscape”; “Le soir”), 1653–55, from the series, “Hill landscapes” (aka “Heuvellandschappen”), a lifetime impression published by Swanevelt (as inscribed on the plate) before the later edition published by Louis Joseph Mondhare (fl.1760–1792) in Paris.

Etching and engraving on laid paper (watermark featuring a crowned escutcheon with six balls), trimmed along/close to the platemark.
Size: (sheet) 18.3 x 28.6 cm; (image borderline) 17.3 x 27.7 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “HS fe et ex. pr Re”.

State ii (of iv) with the addition of Swanevelt’s initials and publication details, but before the addition of the publication details of publisher, Louis-Joseph Mondhare (see Rijksmuseum’s copy of state iii with Mondhare’s address: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.181909).

TIB 81 (294); (Mark Carter Leach & Peter Morse [eds.] 1978, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists”, vol. 2, New York, Abaris Books, p. 285 cat. no. 81 [294]); Hollstein Dutch 107-2(4) (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer [comp.] 1984, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts c.1450–1700: Samuel de Swaef to Jan Thesing”, vol. 29, Blaricum, A.L. van Gendt, p. 96, cat. no. 107); Nagler 81.

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(Transl.) “Some hikers walk on a path along the river. A hiker crosses the river and in the distance is a building on a hill. At the building, a shepherd is herding a flock of sheep”

Condition: richly inked and well-printed lifetime impression from the second state (of vi) still retaining the inscribed guide lines for the lettered publication details, trimmed along or close to the plate mark. Beyond a flattened centre fold (not visible recto), the sheet is in an excellent condition for its considerable age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, losses, abrasions, significant stains of foxing).

I am selling this superb early impression of this remarkably beautiful landscape with the raking light of sunset and many travellers—I found nine but there may be more—making their way to a hill top villa at upper left, for a total cost of AU$360 (currently US$235.37/EUR215.81/GBP193.47 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this marvellous landscape showcasing Swanevelt’s skill in creating the illusion of spatial depth by using rich blacks of etched lines in the foreground to delicately fine engraved strokes rendering the far distance, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold











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