Carl Gustav von Amling (aka Carl Gustav ab Ambling) (1650–1703)
“Otto von Wittelsbach as Pilgrim in Rome”, 1697, after Peter Candid’s (aka Peter de Witte; Pietro Candido) (c1548–1628) cartoon for a tapestry in the series of thirteen plates, “The Story of Otto von Wittelsbach”—1st Duke of Bavaria (1117–1183) who was the founder of the House of Wittelsbach which reigned in Bavaria until the abdication of King Ludwig III of Bavaria in 1918. I understand that Peter Candid’s preparatory drawings for the tapestry series, woven by Hans van der Biest (1550–1616), are in the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung (Munich) and the tapestries are in the Residenzmuseum (Munich)—my apologies for any inaccuracies.
Etching with engraving on heavy laid paper trimmed around the outer image borderline.
Size: (sheet) 26.9 x 17.7 cm; (image borderline) 23.7 x 17.4 cm.
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “'P. Cand: pinxit. C.G. ab Amling delin. et sculpsit. 1697.”; (centre) “OTTO M. WITELSPAC:BOIOARIÆ DVX ROMÆ HABITV/ PEREGRINI VENERATVR BASILICAS, TEMPLA,MEMORIAS,/ CEMETERIA,AC CINERES MARTIRVM.”
Hollstein 26–38 (F W H Hollstein, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts. vols. 1-64, Amsterdam).
The British Museum holds many of the prints from the series, “The Story of Otto von Wittelsbach”, but does not have a copy of this print; see two related prints from this series held by the BM: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1873-0712-198 & https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1873-0712-193.
Condition: a strong and well-printed impression trimmed around the outer image borderline. Beyond a white dot in the foreground figure’s cape, the sheet is in an excellent (museum quality) condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this startlingly fine etching (with engraving) showing the 1st Duke of Bavaria on a pilgrimage in Rome to (as lettered in Latin below the image) “worship basilicas, temples, memorials, cemeteries and ashes of martyrs”, for AU$319 (currently US$222.36/EUR204.80/GBP179.31 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.
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