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Sunday 27 December 2020

Jacques Callot’s etchings, “Rising of Dawn” and “Noah's Ark”, c1628

Jacques Callot (1592–1635)

“Rising of Dawn” and “Noah's Ark” (“Le Lever de l’aurore” and “L'arche de Noé”), c1628, plates 3 and 21 from a series of 27 plates, “Vita Beatae Mariae Vir. Matris Dei emblematib[us” (“The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God, represented in emblems”) first published in 1628 by Antoine Charlot (fl.c1628–1635) in Nancy and later (as with this impression) in 1646 by François Langlois (aka François Langlois, il Ciartres) (1588–1647) as an illustration to François Rennel’s (1583–1649) text in “Vie de la Mère de Diev representée par emblesme” (see &

Etchings on laid paper with thread margins around the platemark and backed with separate support sheets.

Size of “Rising of Dawn”: (sheet) 6.6 x 8.6 cm; (plate) 6.3 x 8.5 cm; (image borderline) 6 x 8.1 cm; numbered on plate: (upper right) “III”.

Size of “Noah's Ark”: (sheet) 6.8 x 6.8 cm; (plate) 6.3 x 8.3 cm; (image borderline) 6 x 8.1 cm; numbered on plate: (upper right) “XXI”.

State ii (of ii) with the addition of the plate numbers.

Lieure 629 ii and 647 ii (Jules Lieure 1989, “Jacques Callot: Catalogue Raisonné de L’Œuvre Gravré”, San Francisco, Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, [vol. 1, text] pp. 100–101, 105); Meaume 210 ii and 228 ii.

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