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Sunday 21 January 2024

Jan Collaert I’s engraving, “The Shunammite's Son Restored to Life”, c.1579, after Maarten de Vos

Jan Collaert I (aka Hans Collaert) (c1525/30–1580 [BM])

“The Shunammite's Son Restored to Life” (aka “Dood van de zoon van de Sunnemitische vrouw” [Rijksmuseum title]; “Death of the Son of the Sunnemite Woman”), c.1579, plate 3 from the series of 6 plates (Hollstein 122–127 [de Vos]), “The Story of Elisha and the Sunnemite Woman” (aka “Het verhaal van Elisa en de Sunnemitische vrouw”), after the design by Maarten de Vos (aka Maerten de Vos) (1532–1603), initially published by Volcxken Diericx (Volcxken Dierickx; Volcxken Diericx) (fl.1570–1600) and later (as is the case with this impression) by Claes Jansz. Visscher (aka Nicolaes Jansz.Visscher; Piscator) (1587–1652) in Amsterdam in 1643 (possibly in “Thesaurus Sacrarum Historiarum Veteris Testament”) and later still by Jan Schabaelje (aka Jan Philipsz Schabaelie; Jan Schabalje) (fl.1643–1649) in 1646.

Engraving on laid paper.

Size: (sheet) 23.8 x 31 cm; (plate) 20.6 x 28.6 cm; (image borderline) 18.9 x 28.2 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (left of centre on lower edge) “M. de Vos inuent.”

Numbered and lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “3”; (centre in two columns of Latin in two lines) “Paruulus ad Patrem properans, dû forte per estus,/ Spicea dum grauidas diffundit Meβis aristas.// Confestim tener heu morbo tentatur acuto,/ Inq[ue] sinu matris vitales deserit auras.”; (right) “2. Regum cap 4 ver. 19./ 3”.

State: iv (of v)

Hollstein 124 (Christiaan Schuckman [comp.] 1996, “The New Hollstein: Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700: Maarten de Vos,” vol. 44, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision Rijksprentenkabinet, cat. no. 124); New Hollstein (The Collaert Dynasty) 61 (Ann Diels & Marjolein Leesberg [comp.] 2005–2006, “The New Hollstein: Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700: The Collaert Dynasty,” vol. 1, Ouderkerk aan den Ijssel, Sound and Vision, p. 74, cat. no. 61); Riggs 196 (Timothy A. Riggs 1977, “Hieronymus Cock: Printmaker and Publisher,” New York, Garland Publishing).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “The collapsed son brought to his mother; the Shunammite woman weeping with the child in her lap, her husband and a maid attending the child; at left labourers harvest a field of wheat, and Elisha seen talking to the husband of the Shunammite woman and to her child; to right, the Shunammite woman seen putting her child to bed; plate 3; on full sheet; after Maarten de Vos. Engraving” (

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

Condition: a strong and well-printed (near faultless) impression with good margins.
Beyond faded brown ink annotations (recto), the sheet is in an excellent condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this superb impression of a beautifully executed engraving exemplifying the Flemish Mannerist leaning towards lively rhythms and theatrical gestures, for AU$289 (currently US$190.87/EUR175.10/GBP150.22 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 superb engraving featuring a fascinating layering of complexity in illustrating an episode in the narrative of the Story of Elisha (2 Kings. 4:19)—for example, in the foreground the child of the Sunnemite woman dies in his mother's arms, while in the distant bedchamber at right the Sunnemite woman’s child is shown having being brought back to life—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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