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Saturday, 22 December 2018

Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietricy’s etching, “Rocky landscape with bathing nymphs”, 1741


Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietricy (aka Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich) (1712–74)

“Rocky landscape with bathing nymphs” (Rijksmuseum title) (aka "Rotslandschap met badende nimfen"; “Die badenden Nymphen in der Felshöhle” [Link title]), 1741, in the manner of Cornelis van Poelenburch (aka Cornelis van Poelenburgh) (1594/5–1667), early impression (first state?) before numbering as plate 74 from “Oeuvre de C.W.E. Dietrich”, published in Dresden, c1775.

Etching on laid paper with small margins around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet/plate) 20 x 28.1 cm; (image borderline) 19.6 x 27.8 cm
Inscribed on plate below the image boderline: (centre) ‘“Dietricy" del & Aqua forti: Ao 1741: der 6 Octo’.
State i? (of iv) Note: I have not been able to compare the different states but this impression matchesl the first state impression held by the Rijksmuseum.

Linck 136 I (4) (JF Linck 1846, “'Monographie der von C. W. E. Dietrich radierten, geschabten und in Holz geschnittenen malerischen Vorstellungen”, Berlin, p. 224–26, cat.no. 136); see also the description of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: richly inked, crisp, faultless impression with a small margin around the image borderline in excellent conditions for the age of the print (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains—close examination shows a few marks—or foxing). The sheet is laid on a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this outstanding, museum quality, impression glowing with tonal contrasts for the total cost of AU$320 (currently US$225.42/EUR198.16/GBP178.49 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this masterwork of etching showcasing not only the “borrowed” style of Cornelis van Poelenburch, but also the eroticised subject matter that appealed to Van Poelenburch (viz. naked nymphs seen bathing) and that earned him the nickname (or what his mates termed his “bent name”), “Satiro” (Satyr), please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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