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Monday 24 May 2021

Anthonie Waterloo’s etching, “Landscape with Venus and Adonis”, c1650

Anthonie Waterloo (aka Anthoni Waterloo; Antoni Waterlo) (1609–1690)

“Landscape with Venus and Adonis” (TIB title) (aka “Vénus et Adonis”), c1650 (1630–1663 [Rijksmuseum dates]), plate 5 from the series, “Six Upright Landscapes with Scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses,” published in Paris by Pierre François Basan (1723–1797).

Etching on laid paper trimmed with a thread margin around the image borderline, backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 29.3 x 24.4 cm; (image borderline) 29.2 x 24.3 cm.

Inscribed on the plate at upper-left corner: "5/ A.W. in et f.”

State iv (of iv) with “Cross-hatching added across a worn spot at the rear of the man’s left thigh” (Morse [1992], p. 160).

TIB 2 (2).129 (131) S4 (Peter Morse [ed.] 1992, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Antoni Waterloo”, vol. 2, Commentary, Part 1, New York, Abaris Books, p.160, cat. no. 129 S4); Hollstein Dutch 125-4 (4) (Christiaan Schuckman 1997, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700: Antoni Waterloo,” vol. 50, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision, p. 299, cat. no. 129).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Plate 5: Venus and Adonis; Venus seated next to Adonis, who holds a spear at right, two dogs resting next to them, a third on a leash held by Cupid at centre, at left trees lining the course of a small stream; … from a series of six plates” (

See also the description offered by the Rijksmuseum:

(Transl.) “Adonis sits on a small hill in a rolling, wooded landscape. He embraces Venus, who leans against him. A dog is depicted in front and behind him. There is a quiver on the ground. On the left Cupid is holding a third dog on his leash. A small water feature can be seen at the front left” (

Condition: a well-printed impression trimmed close to the image borderline and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Beyond closed tears (mainly on the top and right sides), the sheet is in good condition for its considerable age with no significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this marvellous large etching by Waterloo—one of the well-known autodidact masters from the 17th century—for the total cost of AU$328 (currently US$253.85/EUR208/GBP179.17 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this very beautiful etching, 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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