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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Anthonie Waterloo’s etching, “The Chapel with Steps,” c1650



Anthonie Waterloo (aka Antoni Waterlo) (1609–90)

“The Chapel with Steps” (aka “La Chapelle Avec L’Escalier”), c1650 (1630–1663), plate five from the series, “Six landscapes” (aka “Hilly Landscapes”; “Heuvellandschappen”) (H.47–52), from the François Basan (1723–1797) edition of “Eighty-Eight Landscapes of Different Sizes” printed on forty-nine sheets published in 1776–77.

Etching on laid paper with a small margin around the platemark and laid onto a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 17.2 x 18.3 cm; (plate) 12.6 x 15 cm.

Inscribed on plate at upper-left: “Antoni Waterlo in. et ex.”

State ii (of ii) with the addition of what Morse (TIB 1992) describes as “Heavy cross-hatching added on the end of the rock at the curve of the path directly below the white house” (p. 58).

TIB 0201.051 S2 (Peter Morse [ed.] 1992, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Antoni Waterloo”, vol. 2, Part 1, Commentary, New York, Abaris Books, p. 58, cat. no. .051 S2; see also vol. 2, p. 42, cat. no. 51 [58]); Hollstein 51–2 (Christiaan Schuckman [comp.] 1997, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts c.1450–1700: Antoni Waterloo”, vol. 50, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision Rijksprentenkabinet, p. 122, cat. no. 51); Bartsch II.58.51 (Adam Bartsch 1803, “Le Peintre Graveur”, 21 vols, Vienna).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“The chapel; at far left; a road leading past it and the river at right; a man crossing a bridge in middle distance, next to the tall tree growing on a mount at centre; from a series of six landscapes. Etching”

(https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_F-3-57).

See also the descriptions of this print offered by the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum and the Rijksmuseum:

https://www.dia.org/art/collection/object/chapel-steps-64557;

http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.193719.

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression with a small margin around the platemark and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in excellent condition for its considerable age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, losses, abrasions, significant stains or foxing).

I am selling this very beautiful and luminous etching executed with great sensitivity—note, for example, how the artist uses small curved strokes in the sky to the left of the centre tree’s dead limbs that help to integrate sky and tree with a subtle rhythmic flow (compare Waterloo’s treatment of this area of sky with the same area in the copyist/monogrammist LL’s version: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.193720)—for the total cost of AU$293 (currently US$208.99/EUR177.68/GBP160.48 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 complexly interesting landscape by one of the most famous autodidact artists of the 17th century, 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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