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Friday 10 September 2021

Karel Dujardin’s etching, “Recumbent Sheep with Flies”, 1655

Karel Dujardin (aka Karel Du Jardin; Carel Dujardin; Carel du Jardin; Bokkebaart) (1626–1678)

“Recumbent Sheep with Flies” (aka “Le Mouton et les Mouches”; “Liggend schaap met vliegen”), 1655, plate number 38.

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed with a thread margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 7.6 x 10cm; (plate) 7.4 x 9.8 cm.

Inscribed in plate: (upper left) “K. DV JADIN. fe/ 1655”: (lower right corner) “38”.

State ii (of ii) with the addition of the plate number.

TIB 1.38-[II] (187) (Leonard J Slatkes [ed.] 1978, The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists, vol. 1, New York, Abaris Books, p. 206, cat. no. 38 [187]); Hollstein 38.II.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“The sheep and the flies. Landscape with a recumbent sheep with flies around its head, in three-quarter view and his head facing right in profile, its coat partially shed, a shepherd with sheep in far distance; second state with number. 1655 Etching” (

See also the description of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed (near faultless) impression trimmed around the platemark and laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Beyond an age-mellowing of tone to the paper and a faint trace of a collector’s stamp (verso), the sheet is in an excellent condition.

I am selling this stunningly strong impression of a superb etching showing what I suspect may be a Wiltipoll sheep—based on its features and the shedding lumps of fleece on its back (forgive me if I’m wrong about this!)—seemingly bleating from harassment by a hovering swarm of flies, for AU$232 (currently US$170.73/EUR144.49/GBP123.38 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 raw and unapologetic scene of everyday rural life in the 17th century, 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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