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Tuesday 2 July 2019

Cornelis Bloemaert's engraving, “The Ham Eater”, 1625

Cornelis Bloemaert (1603–1692)

“The Ham Eater”, 1625, after the painting by Gerard van Honthorst (aka Gerrit van Honthorst; Gherardo della Notte; Gherardo della Notte; Gherardo delle Notti) (1590 - 1656), published by Cornelis Bloemaert in Utrecht.

(Note that the British Museum holds a copy in reverse by an unidentified engraver—possibly Cornelis van Dalen I (1602–1665)—to this original engraving by Cornelis Bloemaert:

Engraving on laid paper trimmed close to the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 21.6 x 15.7 cm; (image borderline) 19.5 x 15.6 cm.
Lettered in Dutch on plate below the image borderline: (left) “G. V. Honthorst. / pinxit.”;
(centre) “Ick ben gesont, daer toe wat graeg / Dit sijn recht [h/p?]illen voor mijn maeg.”;
(right) “C. Bloem: sculp: et excu: / Ao.1625.”

Hollstein 2 (after Honthorst); Hollstein Dutch 298; Roethlisberger CB2 (Marcel G Roethlisberger 1993, “Abraham Bloemaert and his sons: Paintings and prints”, 2 vols, Doornspijk, Davaco, p. 521, cat. no. CB2).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(transl.) “A man has a jug and a sliced ​​ham in the right arm. With his left hand he brings a piece of ham to his mouth. With two-line Dutch caption.”

See also the description offered by the British Museum:

Condition: Richly inked and well-printed lifetime impression (based on the crisp lines showing no sign of wear to the printing plate) trimmed close to the image borderline and laid on a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in very good condition for its considerable age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing).

I am selling this strong impression sparkling with crisp lines and in superb condition for the total cost of AU$332 (currently US$232.38/EUR205.67/GBP183.90 at the time of this listing) including 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 beautifully executed engraving—note how the artist avoids the use of outlines and employs contour marks to create the figure’s silhouette edge—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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