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Friday 24 May 2024

Crispin van de Passe II’s engraving, “Seated Female Nude”, 1643-44

Crispin van de Passe II (aka Crispijn de Passe II; Crispijn van Passe II) (1594–1670)

“Seated Female Nude”, 1643-44, illustration to the third part (female nude studies) of what may be the largest of the early drawing books to be published, “La prima [-quinta] parte della luce del dipingere et disegnare …” (The first [to the fifth] part of the light of painting and drawing) (aka “Van't Light der teken en schilder konst” [From the Light of drawing and painting art]), published in Amsterdam, 1643–44, by Jan Jansz. with Crispin van de Passe II as the author.

See details of this publication offered by the MFA Boston:;jsessionid=6B58FEA2F30EAFBE381E2390322110AF.

See also an online copy of this publication offered by

Engraving on fine laid paper with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 36.8 x 24.3 cm; (platemark) 30.3 x 20.2 cm; (image borderline) 29.9 x 19.8 cm.

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

I am selling this superb impression in a remarkable good state of preservation, mindful that most prints from this early publication were handled and soiled based on the designed use of the images for art students to study and copy, for AU$352 in total (currently/approximately US$232.90/EUR214.76/GBP183.05 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. Note that payment is in Australian dollars (AU$352) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this exceptionally fine (and rare) study of a female nude executed in the early 1640s, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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