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Friday 2 December 2022

Christoffel Jegher’s colour woodcut, “Portrait of Julian”, c1645

Christoffel Jegher (1596–1652/3)

“Portrait of Julian” (331/332–363) (aka Flavius Claudius Julianus; Julian the Apostate; Julian II), c1645, plate LXXIV (74) chiaroscuro woodcut illustration to page 149 of Hubert Goltzius' (1526–1583) “Icones Imperatorum Romanorum”, published in Antwerp by Balthasar Moretus II (aka Balthasar Moerentorf II) (1615–1674) in 1645.

Colour woodcut from two blocks printed in black and ochre on buff laid paper with letterpress text verso.

Size: (sheet) 20.5 x 20.1 cm; (image borderline dia.) 16.9 cm.

Lettered in plate following the round image borderline: “DN. FL. CL. IVLIANVS. P. F. AVG.”

The British Museum offers a description of this print:

Condition: a strong impression with Latin letterpress text verso. Beyond unevenness to the ochre colour at upper left and a few dot stains in the lower right margin, the sheet is in an excellent condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this lifetime impression of a graphically arresting chiaroscuro woodcut from the mid-1600s for the total cost of AU$262 (currently US$178.06/EUR169.09/GBP144.81 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 marvellously strong colour woodcut depicting Julian II who was Caesar of Rome from 355 to 361 and ultimately Emperor from 361 to 363, 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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