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Monday 26 September 2022

Karel Dujardin’s etching, “Two Pigs”, 1656

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

“Two Pigs” (TIB title) (aka “Two Hogs”; “Twee Zwijnen”; “Les deux Cochons”), 1656,  plate 15 (as inscribed in plate).

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed along the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (support sheet) 28.8 x 32.2 cm; (sheet) 12.3 x 15.4 cm; (image borderline) 10.7 x 14.9 cm.

Inscribed in plate: (upper left corner) “K. DU Jardin fe. [165]6”; (lower right corner)

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

TIB 1.15 (173) (Leonard J Slatkes [ed.] 1978, The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists, vol. 1, New York, Abaris Books, p. 185, cat. no. 15 [173]); Hollstein 15 ii (F.W.H. Hollstein 1952, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700: Douffet–Floris”, vol. 6, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, cat. no. 15).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Two hogs. One sleeping on the left in front of a [pigsty], with his head foremost, the other facing right and standing almost in profile to right; second state. 1656 /Etching” (

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

Condition: a well-printed impression trimmed along the platemark and laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Beyond a pale stain on the lower right borderline, the sheet is in a good condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this sensitively executed etching of rural life in the 1600s, showing two male pigs beside a pigsty, for AU$226 (currently US$146.70/EUR152.20/GBP136.86 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 closely observed scene—beyond the superb rendering of the pigs with their coarse coats of bristly hair, note the exquisite and detailed depiction of plants in the foreground—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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