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Friday 13 November 2020

Herman van Swanevelt’s etching, “Laundresses”, c1653

Herman van Swanevelt (aka Herman Swaneveld) (c1603–1655)

“Laundresses” (aka “Les Blanchisseuses”; “Landschap met wasvrouwen” “Landscape with Washerwomen”), 1650–55, from the series, “Twelve Landscapes” (aka “Twaalf landschappen”), published in Paris c1650–1705.

Etching on laid paper trimmed slightly within the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 18.9 x 28.4 cm; (image borderline) 17.6 x 28.1 cm.

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Herman van Suanvelt Inventor fecit”.

State v (of v) with the erasure of Swanevelt as the publisher (“excudit”) and the Royal privilege (“cum privilegio Regis”).

TIB 90 (300); (Mark Carter Leach & Peter Morse [eds.] 1978, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists”, vol. 2, New York, Abaris Books, p. 294 cat. no. 90 [300]); Hollstein Dutch 94-5(5) (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer [comp.] 1984, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts c.1450–1700: Samuel de Swaef to Jan Thesing”, vol. 29, Blaricum, A.L. van Gendt, p. 88, 94).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:

(Transl.) “A man and a woman are walking on a path in front of a church in a mountainous landscape. In the river next to the path, a man soaks his donkey and two women do the laundry.”


Condition: a well-printed, slightly silvery impression trimmed minimally within the platemark and laid onto an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. Beyond a few pale marks (e.g. at the centre of the lower edge and the lower right corner), the sheet is in a very good condition for its considerable age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, losses, abrasions, significant stains of foxing).

I am selling this poetically glowing landscape with the raking light of early morning (or perhaps later afternoon), for a total cost of AU$292 (currently US$211.21/EUR178.72/GBP178.72 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 remarkably beautiful landscape showcasing Swanevelt’s skill in creating the illusion of spatial depth, 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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