Adriaen van Ostade (1610–1685)
(left) “Peasant with his hands behind his back” (TIB title), c1647, and
(right) “Peasant Wrapped in a Cloak” (TIB title), c1647, printed from the original plate by McCreery in his 1816 edition of “200 Etchings”.
Etchings with light plate tone on separate sheets of fine wove (China) paper trimmed with a small margin around the platemark and backed with separate support sheets.
Size of left plate: (sheet) 9.2 x 6.7 cm; (plate) 8.6 x 6.2 cm.
Size of right plate: (sheet) 9.1 x 6.8 cm; (plate) 8.6 x 6.4 cm.
Both plates are inscribed on plate with the artist’s monogram: (lower left) "AvO"
(left) TIB 1 (1). 21.II (361) (Leonard J Slatkes [ed.] 1978, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists”, vol. 1, Abaris Books, New York, p. 338); Hollstein 21; Bartsch I.361.21; Davidsohn 21; Godefroy 21; Boon-Verbeek 21.
(right) TIB 1 (1). 22.II (362) (Leonard J Slatkes [ed.] 1978, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists”, vol. 1, Abaris Books, New York, p. 338); Hollstein 22; Bartsch I.361.22; Davidsohn 22; Godefroy 22; Boon-Verbeek 22.
The British Museum and the Rijksmuseum offer descriptions of the left print (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1877-1013-296; http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.38874) and the right print (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_2006-U-178; http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.38880.
Condition: well-printed impressions (the left print has a minor printer’s crease at upper right) with both etchings having a narrow margin around the platemark and in excellent condition. Both prints are laid onto separate support sheets of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
I am selling this superb pair of etchings that are full of life and spirit from Van Ostade’s middle period, for AU$426 in total (currently US$327.97/EUR275.76/GBP236.04 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing these visually engaging etchings executed by one of the truly great masters of the 17th century showing individual studies rural peasant men—note that the figure on the right meets the convention of the time for showing suspiciously fishy looking folk as looking furtively over their shoulder while covertly hiding something—please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This pair of prints has been sold