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Monday 6 November 2023

Jan Sadeler I’s engraving, “Christ Appearing to Saint Paul”, c.1580, after Maarten de Vos

Jan Sadeler I (aka Johann Sadeler; Johannes Sadeler) (1550–1600)

“Christ Appearing to Saint Paul” [TIB title] (aka “Christus verschijnt aan Paulus in het legerkamp” [Rijksmuseum title]; “Cristo Appare A S. Paolo”), c.1580, plate 3 from the series of 4 plates, “Scenes from the Life of the Apostle Paul” (aka “Scènes uit het leven van de apostel Paulus”; “Episodi della vita di S. Paolo”) after a lost drawing by Maarten de Vos (aka Marten de Vos; Maerten de Vos) (1532–1603), published by Jan Sadeler I.

Engraving on laid paper trimmed with thread margins around the platemark.

Size: (sheet) 25.5 x 21; (image borderline) 23.6 x 20.3 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “JS [ligature letters] adler Fe”.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (centre) “Sequenti autem nocte assistens ei Dns [Dominus], ait constans esto: sicut enim testificatus/ es de me in Ierusalem [Jerusalem], sic te oportet et Romæ testificari. ACTOR. XXIII:”

TIB 7001. 304 (Isabelle de Ramaix 2001, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 70, Part 2 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, p. 110 cat. no. [7001].304); Hollstein (Vos) 890 (Christiaan Schuckman [comp.] 1996, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Maarten de Vos: text”, vol. 44, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision Rijksprentenkabinet, p. 192, cat. no. 890); Hollstein (Sadeler) 331 (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer [comp.] 1980, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Aegidius Sadeler to Raphael Sadeler II: text”, vol. 21, Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, p. 139, cat. no. 331).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print: (transl.) “Paul sits chained on the ground at night. Watchmen sleeping next to him. Christ appears before him and commands him to bear witness to him in Rome. A tent camp with soldiers in the background. With a Latin caption with a Bible passage from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 23:11) (

Condition: a strong and well-printed (near faultless) lifetime impression (based on the quality of line with no sign of wear to the printing plate) trimmed with thread margins around the platemark. The sheet is in a near pristine condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this sensitively executed and very beautiful engraving by one of the most famous of the Flemish old masters, for AU$302 (currently US$201.86/EUR182.64/GBP160.77 at the time of posting this print) 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 superb impression in a near pristine condition, 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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