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Monday 27 May 2019

Johann Christian Rugendas' mezzotint, “Nach de Schlacht”, c1740

Johann Christian Rugendas (1708–81)

“Nach de Schlacht” (After the Battle), c1740, after the painting executed in Rome in 1698 by Georg Philipp Rugendas I (1666–1742), plate 1 from the series of 69 plates, "Battle Scenes with Horses", published by Johann Christian Rugendas in Augsburg.

Mezzotint and etching printed in sepia coloured ink over an underlying impression printed in ochre on laid paper trimmed close to the image borderline, backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 19.3 x 32.4 cm; (image borderline) 18.5 x 32.1 cm
Lettered below the image borderline: (left) “G. Phil. Rugendas in[v]entor pinx. et delin. Li 13. Marzio Ao. 1698.”; (right) “Christiano Rugendas sculp. et excudit. Aug. Vindel.”

State i? (of ii?) Although I do not have the Teuscher (1998) catalogue raisonné for Rugendas, this impression is a state before the addition of the publication detail, “M 2.” (see a later state impression offered by The Print Collector:

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression trimmed close to the image borderline and retaining the publication details. The sheet is in an excellent condition for its age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or significant signs of use), laid on a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this luminous and velvety mezzotint showing the matter-of-fact events that happened on a 17th century battlefield (e.g. attending to the injured as shown by the priest giving the last rites to a mortally injured man resting against the cannon at right and a priest attending to the fallen in the distance at far right; stripping the dead as shown at the centre of the scene; collecting booty from the dead as shown by the figures in the foreground) for the total price of AU$298 (currently US$206.36/EUR184.30/GBP162.71 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this glowing twilight scene of a battlefield, executed in the delicate medium of mezzotint by the son of the great master of the technique and arguably the foremost battle scene painter of the 18th century, Georg Philipp Rugendas I, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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