Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Hendrik Bary’s engraving, “Spring and Autumn”, c1670, after Anthony van Dyck
Hendrik Bary (aka Hendrick Barij) (1640–1707)
“Spring and Autumn” (aka “Two Children Playing: Spring and Autumn” [Twee Spelende Kinderen: Lente en Herfst]; “Personification of Spring and Autumn”), c1670 (1657–1677), after a painting by Anthony van Dyck (aka Anthony van Dijck; Antoon van Dijk; Anton van Dyck) (1599–1641), published by Nicolaes Visscher II (aka Nicolai Vischer; Claes Claesz Visscher; Nicolaas Visscher) (1649–1702) and Gerard Valck (aka Gerard Valk) (1651/52-1726) in Amsterdam.
Engraving on laid paper with a small margin around the platemark, backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 29.9 x 24.5 cm; (plate) 28.9 x 24 cm; (image borderline) 25.4 x 23.5 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “A. van Dyck pinxit”; (centre) "De lieve Lente wil ons Schoone bloemen geven./ De Oegst schenkt nutter vrucht. men kan van reuk niet leven./ ex Formis Nicolai Visscher/ Cum Privelegio Ordinum Hollandiæ & West-Frisiæ. Nunc apud Ger. Valk."; (left) HBary Sculp.”
State iii (of iii) with the addresses of the publishers.
Hollstein 7 (Bary); New Hollstein 627 (van Dyck)
The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(Transl.) “Two children playing, left Autumn with a fruit and corn, right Spring with a wreath of flowers [in his hair]. Under the image a verse of two lines in Dutch”
See also the description of this print by the British Museum:
Condition: near faultless, richly inked impression with a small margin around the platemark and laid onto a support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent/museum-quality condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains or foxing).
I am selling this very beautiful engraving featuring children playing in an allegory of the seasons in which “Sweet Spring wants to give us beautiful flowers. The harvest … more fruit”, for AU$356 (currently US$247.24/EUR218.95/GBP198.07 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 very fine engraving—it is such a strong impression that the lines show no sign of wear to the printing plate suggesting that it must be an early impression!—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.