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Tuesday 7 September 2021

Jonas Umbach’s etching, “The Drunken Silenus Led by Satyrs”, c1670

Jonas Umbach (1624–93)

“The Drunken Silenus Led by Satyrs”, c1670 (BM 1645–1700).

Etching on fine laid paper with a small margin around the platemark, backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 9 x 12.4 cm; (plate) 8 x 11.9 cm; (image borderline) 7.7 x 11.5 cm

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “JonaS Vmbach f.”

Regarding Georg Kaspar Nagler’s catalogue, “Neues allgemeines Künstler-Lexicon …” (1849) for this print, I have difficulty determining the catalogue number; see pp. 237–38 ( This etching is likely to be from the series, “Historische und mythologische Darstellungen” (Historical and mythological representations) (Nagler 117–136), but Nagler’s titles are too imprecise for me to propose the number (beyond clarifying that it is not “128” as this etching is documented as being a different scene).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“The drunken Silenus led by satyrs to right; at left two putti following with a goat” (

Condition: a richly inked and strong impression with small margins laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Beyond a chip to the margin at the upper right corner, the sheet is in a near pristine condition with no holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing.

I am selling this rare original etching by Jonas Umbach—note that this print is not in the online collection of the Rijksmuseum or The MET—for AU$342 (currently US$253.76/EUR213.75/GBP183.47 at the time of this listing) 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 remarkable 17th century print by an artist famed for his small etchings and for his skill in biting his printing plates only once in acid, 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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