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Saturday, 17 September 2022

Jacques Callot’s engraving, “Saint Paul Assis”, c1615

Jacques Callot (1592–1635)

“Saint Paul Assis” (Saint Paul Seated), c1615, after Willem Swanenburg (1581–1612), after Abraham Bloemaert (aka Abraham Bloemaart, Abraham) (1564–1651), published in Paris by Pierre Mariette I (c1603–1657).

Engraving on fine laid paper trimmed with narrow margins.

Size: (sheet) 27.4 x 17.6 cm; (plate) 26.5 x 16.8 cm; (image borderline) 24.5 x 16.5 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (along the celestial ray striking down Saul) “SAVLE SAVLE QVID ME PERSEQVERIS”; (lower left corner) “la Callot. fecit.”

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (centre) “Qui lupus ense ferox Saulus laniauerat Agnos/ PAVLVS mox Agnus uulnerat ore lupos.”; (lower right) “P. Mariette excud.”

State ii (of ii) with the addition of Pierre Mariette as publisher.

Lieure 190.2e (Jules Lieure 1989, “Jacques Callot: Catalogue Raisonné de l’Oeuvre Gravé”, vol. 1 [text], San Francisco, Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, p. 74, cat. no. 190 2er Etat); Meaume 103 (Édouard Meaume 1860, “Recherches sur la vie et les ouvrages de Jacques Callot”, Paris, cat. no. 103).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “St Paul seated in landscape; leans on large book, holds a quill in right hand; with left hand pointing at the representation of his conversion pictured in the background. 1615?/ Engraving” (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_X-4-123).

See also the descriptions of this print offered by the Louvre and Rijksmuseum: https://collections.louvre.fr/ark:/53355/cl020571725: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.345281.

Condition: a strong and well-printed (near faultless) impression in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this sensitively executed engraving showing Saint Paul contemplating the scriptures with a scene of his conversion in the distance for the total cost of AU$426 (currently US$286.41/EUR285.89/GBP250.77 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 near faultless impression by one of the most important and innovative of the old master printmakers—beyond Callot’s development of the échoppe etching needle allowing etchers to duplicate the effects of engraved lines, Callot also developed the technique of “stopping out” allowing etchers to create lighter lines in the distance—please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.










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