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Saturday 26 September 2020

Unidentified printmaker from the circle of Nicolaes de Bruyn, “Five Birds Including Spoonbill”, c1594

Unidentified printmaker from the circle of Nicolaas de Bruyn (aka Nicolaes de Bruyn; Nicolaas de Bruin) (1571–1656)

“Five Birds Including Spoonbill” (aka “Vijf vogels waaronder lepelaar”), c1594, plate 5 after the series of engravings by De Bruyn—the British Museum advises that there are 13 plates in the series [Z,1.95] whereas the Rijksmuseum proposes that there are 12 plates [RP-P-1898-A-20003])—“Birds and Insects” (aka “Vogels en insecten”), possibly published following the different editions of De Bruyn’s plates by Francoys van Beusecom (aka Francoys van Beusekom) (fl.1642–1665), Ahasuerus van Londerseel (aka Assuerus Londerssel) (1572–1635) and Carel Allard (aka Carolus Allard; Carel Allardt; Carel Allart) (1648–1709).

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

Size: (sheet) 8.3 x 12.6 cm.

Inscribed on plate: (lower right) [ligature monogram] “NB. in.”; (right edge) “5”.

References to De Bruyn’s engraving: Hollstein Dutch 228 (F.W.H. Hollstein 1951, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Brun–Coques”, vol. 4, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, p. 24, cat. no. 228); Orn Cat I 37-A.2 (Irene Margaretha de Groot 1988, “Ornamentprenten in het Rijksprentenkabinet”, Den Haag, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum Staatsuitgeverij).

The British Museum offers the following description of De Bruyn’s engraving:

“Landscape with several birds on a river-bank, such as cranes, small sailing boats in background; from a series of thirteen prints showing birds and insects. 1594”


See also the description of De Bruyn’s engraving offered by the Rijksmuseum with reference to another series:

(Transl.) “Print from a series of twelve prints with birds and insects. Sheets from another series of prints are depicted at Hollstein, see De Groot 1988, p. 37.”


Condition: near faultless early impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate, trimmed with a thread margin around the image borderline in excellent/near pristine condition.

I am selling this superb engraving by an unidentified printmaker after Nicolaes de Bruyn’s engraving, for the total cost of AU$208 (currently US$146.23/EUR125.64/GBP114.74 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 marvellous jewel of early engraving showing water birds, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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