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Wednesday 29 July 2020

Hendrik Goltzius/Philips Galle’s engraving, “The Dispersal of the Spanish Foe”, 1583, after Jan van der Straet

Formerly attributed to Hendrik Goltzius (aka Hendrick Goltzius) (1558–1617) reattributed to Philips Galle (aka Philippe Galle; Philippus Gallaeus) (1537–1612)

“The Dispersal of the Spanish Foe” (TIB title) (aka “Giovanni de' Medici presso il fiume Adda mette in fuga l'esercito spagnolo”), 1583, plate 4 from the series, “History of the Medici” (aka “Mediceae Familiae Rerum Feliciter Gestarum Victoriae et Triumphi”) after Jan van der Straet (aka Joannes Stradanus; Ioannes Stradanus) (1523–1605), published by Philips Galle in Antwerp.

Note that this is a lifetime impression from the first edition published in 1583, before the order of the plates were renumbered for the second edition and the change of the publisher’s name from Philips Galle (Philippus Galle) to his grandson, Johannes Galle, for the third edition.

This print may be viewed in its context with the other plates as published in 1583 at

Engraving on laid paper trimmed with a thread margin around the platemark.
Size: (sheet) 22.3 x 29.6 cm; (image borderline) 20.2 x 29.5 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower centre) "Johannes Stradanus inuentor/ Philippus Galle excudit".
Numbered and lettered below the image borderline: “4 Ioh. Med. In Adduam flumen equum iminittit paucisqz illum secutis ad oppositam ripam/ Hispanos hostes metu perterritos in fugam vertit”
State i (of iii)

TIB 5601.102:4 (Arno Dolders [ed.] 1987, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists: Philips Galle”, vol. 56, Supplement, New York, Abaris Books, p. 387, cat. no. [5601].102:4); New Hollstein Dutch 491-1 (2) (Manfred Sellink & Marjolein Leesberg [comp.] 2001, “The New Hollstein : Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700: Philips Galle”, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision, p. 193; p. 202 [ill.], cat. no. 491).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“The dispersion of the Spanish Enemy, on the Adda under Giovanni de' Medici; an army wades across a river towards its fleeing enemy on the other side of the bank. 1583”

See also the description offered by the Rijksmuseum:
(Transl.) “Giovanni de Medici, called 'dalle Bande Nere', chases the Spanish army together with his horsemen. The print has a Latin caption and is part of a series about the family history of the De 'Medici family”

Condition: well-printed lifetime impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate, trimmed along the plate mark with a thread margin. The sheet is in an excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains or foxing).

I am selling this graphically strong and near faultless lifetime impression published in 1583, for AU$342 (currently US$245.82/EUR208.87/GBP189.63 at the time of posting this print) 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 superb and very rare engraving, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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