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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Raphael Sadeler II's engraving, “Seascape with Christ and his Disciples in the Storm on the Sea of ​​Galilee”, c1615


Raphael Sadeler II (1584 –1632)

“Seascape with Christ and his Disciples in the Storm on the Sea of ​​Galilee” (Rijksmuseum title [transl.]) (aka “Seascape with Christ walking on the Waters” [BM title]), c1615 (1599–1632), after Paul Bril (c1553/54–1626).

Engraving on fine laid paper trimmed along, or close to, the plate-mark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 20.1 x 27.4 cm; (image borderline) 19.3 x 27 cm
Inscribed on plate below the image borderline: (left) “P Bril inuentor”; (right) “Raphael Sadeler iun Scalpsit”
State i (of i)

Hollstein 50 (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer & K.G. Boon [eds.] 1980, “Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450-1700”, vol. 21, Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, p. 278, cat.nr. 50).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Seascape with Christ walking on water in lower right, a ship on a choppy sea at left, St Peter walking towards Christ at centre, smaller boats and a city in background; after Paul Bril”
See also the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: crisp impression trimmed along—or close to—the plate-mark with small tears below the image borderline, a closed tear in the dark clouds (upper left) and a few handling marks, otherwise the sheet is in very good condition (i.e. there are no holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing), backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this luminous engraving portraying the moment when St Peter is distracted by an approaching storm and loses faith in Jesus’ instruction that he can walk on water and begins to sink into the sea, for AU$320 in total (currently US$243.76/EUR212.68/GBP188.04 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries). (My apologies if my explanation of this scene is flawed and for those needing greater clarity about this biblical event, see Matthew 14:22–33.)

If you are interested in purchasing this remarkable engraving rendered with the theatrical drama of the period style known as Mannerism, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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