Cornelis Visscher II (aka Cornelis Vischer) (1628/9–1658)
“Young Shepherd and Shepherdess Near a Tree” (aka “Jonge herder en herderin bij een boom”), c1648 (1638–1658 [Rijksmuseum attrib.), after Pieter van Laer (aka Pieter Bodding van Laer; Pieter Boddingh; Bamboccio; Pieter Jacobsz van Laer Bamboccio) (1592/9–c1642) and a companion piece to Cornelis Visscher’s “The Robbery of Horses” also after Van Laer (see http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.191149).
Engraving and etching on laid paper trimmed around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 36.8 x 29.5 cm.
Inscribed on plate below the image borderline: (left) “P. D. Laer pinx.”; (centre) "Corn. Visscher fecit.”
Hollstein Dutch 55 (Christiaan Schuckman 1992, Dutch and Flemish Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, ca. 1450–1700: Cornelis de Visscher, Cornelis Visscher, Hendrick Jansz Visscher, Lambert Visscher”, vol. 40, Roosendaal, Koninklijke Van Poll, pp. 68–70, cat. no.55).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“A resting herd; A young shepherd, peasant girl and resting animals; the boy stands by a tree and points towards two cows; after Pieter van Laer” (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1839-0413-201).
See also the description of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.191148.
Condition: a strong and well-printed impression, trimmed along the platemark and laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this large pastoral engraving (with etching) from the 17th century possibly promulgating the idea fostered by the gentry that shepherds are idle folk (see John Barrell’s  “The Dark Side of the Landscape”), for the total cost of AU$267 (currently US$203.27/EUR172.72/GBP146.99 at the time of this listing) 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 romantic image of rural bliss—note how the standing cow’s eye-contact with us (the viewers) subliminally acknowledges that we too are quiet participants in this scene—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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