Monday 27 July 2020
Abraham Genoels’ etching, “Landscape with a Waterfall,” c1675
Abraham Genoels (aka Archimedes; Abraham II Genoels; A. G. Genoel) 91640–1723)
“Landscape with a Waterfall” (aka “La chute d’eau”), 1660–1690, the fifth plate from the series of six etchings (TIB 60–65), “River Landscapes” (aka “Rivierlandschappen”), published by Adam François van der Meulen (aka Adam Frans van der Meulen; Adam François Vandermeulen) (1632– 1690) in Paris with royal privilege from Louis XIV (King of France).
This is an impression taken by La Chalcographie du Louvre in 1804 and has the blind-stamp of the Chalcography below the platemark at centre.
Etching on wove paper with wide margins, blind-stamped with the seal of La Chalcographie du Louvre, and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 30.3 x 43 cm; (plate) 21.7 x 28.4 cm; (image borderline) 20.8 x 27.7 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) "A. Genoels, fe."; (right) "V. Meulen, ex. Cum priuilegio Regis."
State iii/iv(?) with the publisher’s details.
TIB 5(4).60(362) (Walter L Strauss [ed.] 1979, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists”, vol. 5, New York, Abaris Books, p. 353, cat. no. 64 ); Bartsch IV.364.64.III; Regnault-Delalande 1817 149.64; Weigel 1843 211.64.III; Hollstein 64.III.
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Rocky landscape with waterfall at right, trees and mountains in the background; third state with publisher's address; from a series of six prints”
See also the description offered by the Rijksmuseum:
Condition: near faultless impression blind stamped in 1804 by the Chalcography of the Louvre, with wide margins laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains or foxing).
I am selling this sensitively executed masterpiece of 17th century landscape etching that is—to my eyes—radiant with light, for the total cost of AU$302 (currently US$215.16/EUR183.98/GBP167.55 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).
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