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Wednesday 26 August 2020

Anthonie Waterloo’s etching, “Landscape with Alpheus and Arethusa”, c1647

Anthonie Waterloo (aka Anthoni Waterloo; Antoni Waterlo) (1609–1690)

“Landscape with Alpheus and Arethusa” (TIB title) (aka “Alphée et Arethusa”), c1647 (1630–1663 [Rijksmuseum]), plate 1 from the series, “Six Upright Landscapes with Scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses,” published in Paris by Pierre François Basan (1723–1797).

Etching on laid paper trimmed with a thread margin around the image borderline.

Size: (sheet) 29.2 x 24.2 cm; (image borderline) 29 x 24 cm.

Inscribed on the plate at upper left corner: "1 Antoni Waterlo in. et f.”

State iii (of iii) with the addition of slight “diagonal (\\) and horizontal shading in the lower right corner, filling the corner with cross-hatching” (Morse [1992], p. 154).

TIB 2 (2).125 (128) S3 (Peter Morse [ed.] 1992, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Antoni Waterloo”, vol. 2, Commentary, Part 1, New York, Abaris Books, p.154); Hollstein Dutch 125-3 (3) (Christiaan Schuckman 1997, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700: Antoni Waterloo,” vol. 50, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision, p. 291, cat. no. 125).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Plate 1: Alpheus and Arethusa; a nude female figure on the wooded bank of a river, fleeing to right as she is pursued by the male figure in the water at left; from a series of six plates” (

See also the description offered by the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: a superb, richly inked and well-printed impression trimmed close to the image borderline in excellent/museum quality condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or stains, foxing or significant signs of handling).

I am selling this marvellous impression of a large etching by Waterloo—one of the well-known masters from the 17th century—for the total cost of AU$548 (currently US$394.74/EUR334.03/GBP300.36 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this large and very beautiful etching, 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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