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Saturday 7 September 2019

Lucas Vorsterman I's engraving, “Adoration of the Shepherds”, 1620, after Rubens

Lucas Vorsterman I (aka Lucas Aemilius Vorsterman) (1595–1675)

“Adoration of the Shepherds” (aka “Aanbidding der herders”), 1620, after Peter Paul Rubens’ (aka Petrus Paulus Rubenius) (1577–1640) painting in the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Rouen) with a Latin dedication in lower margin by Rubens to Pieter Peck the younger (1562–1625)—a diplomat and chancellor of Brabant for the Sovereign Archdukes Albert and Isabella (according to Wikipedia), published by Lucas Vorsterman I in Antwerp. This is a later impression.

The Curator of the British Museum offers the following insights about this print:
“After the painting by Rubens in Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, (Rooses 150). A drawing retouched by Rubens is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, The copperplate is in Antwerp.” (BM No. R,3.39)

Engraving on heavy buff-coloured wove paper, trimmed with small margins (approx. 1.5. cm) around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 61.4 x 47.5 cm; (plate) 58.7 x 44.7 cm; (image borderline) 57.5 x 44.2 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline (left) “NOBILISSIMO ET AMPLISSIMO ... RVBENVS DEDICAT CONSERCRATQVE. / P.P.Rubens pinxit.”; (centre) “Cum priuilegÿs, Regis Christianissimi, Principum Belgarum, & Ordinum Batauiæ.”; (right) “Lucas Vorsterman sculp. et excud. An.1620."

Hollstein 6 (Vorsterman) (Christiaan Schuckman [comp.] & D. de Hoop Scheffer [ed.] 1993, “Hollstein's Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings & Woodcuts, 1450–1700: Lucas Vorsterman I”, vol. 43, Amsterdam, p. 14, 6); Schneevoogt 1873 15.23 (C G Voorhelm Schneevoogt 1873, “Catalogue des estampes gravées d'après P.P.Rubens”, Haarlem, p. 15, 23).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Adoration of the shepherds with nine figures, called 'with the spider'; four shepherds and two women (one holds a basket) gaze at the Christ child lying in a manger; after Peter Paul Rubens. 1620 Engraving”

See also the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum:
(transl.) “adoration of the Christ-child by the shepherds; Mary and Joseph present”

Condition: well-printed faultless but slightly dull later impression with small margins and laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in museum quality/near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or significant signs of use).

I am selling this very large engraved masterwork by one of the most famous and accomplished printmakers who collaborated with Rubens (until they had an major argument and parted), for AU$525 (currently US$359.39/EUR325.68/GBP292.73 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 major engraving from the Baroque period, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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