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Monday 9 August 2021

Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert’s engraving, “Landscape with Well and Sun”, 1638, after Rubens

Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert (aka Scheltius à Bolswert) (c1586–1659)

“Landscape with Well and Sun”, 1638, plate 1 from the series of twenty prints, “Small Landscapes” (BM title), after the painting in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no. 2131), by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). This impression is from a later edition with all lettering erased apart from the plate number.

Regarding the series proposed by the British Museum (see inv. no. 1891,0414.1281), the Rijksmuseum advises: [transl.] “Hollstein describes a series of small landscapes under numbers 305 to 325, but these prints were not produced as a series” (see inv. no. RP-P-1907-2260).

Engraving on heavy laid paper (with lettered watermark) with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 38.8 x 50.3 cm; (plate) 29.5 x 42.7 cm; (image borderline) 28 x 42 cm.

Numbered in plate: (left) “1”.

State iii? (of iii?)—an undescribed state with all lettering erased. Hollstein only records two states, but there may be a shortfall with the Hollstein’s catalogue, as the Rijksmuseum comments with regard to an impression of this print that the museum holds: (transl.) “The states described at Hollstein do not seem to apply to this [the museum’s] print …” (inv. no. RP-P-1907-2260).

Hollstein Dutch 316 (FWH Hollstein 1950, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Boekhorst–Brueghel”, vol. 3, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, p. 89, cat. no. 316).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Landscape with a draw-well; a farmer with two horses in lower left, a large farmstead with a tower on a hill in left background; after Peter Paul Rubens. 1638 Engraving” (

See also the descriptions of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum:;;

Condition: a strong and near faultless impression with generous margins. Verso shows remnants of previous mounting, otherwise the sheet (recto) is in excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains (there is a dot above the sun) or foxing.

I am selling this magnificent engraving, executed only two years before Rubens hung up his boots for the last time, showing a translation into line of Ruben’s painting of sunlight raking over a rural landscape, for the total cost of AU$466 (currently US$342.04/EUR290.94/GBP246.92 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 early masterwork of engraving, 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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