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Sunday 19 February 2023

Attrib. Crispijn van de Passe the younger’s engraving, “Plate 117: Two Female Figures”, c1656, after Frederick and Abraham Bloemaert

Attrib. Crispijn van de Passe the younger (Crispijn de Passe; Crispin de Passe) (c1594–1670), or an unidentified engraver from the circle of Frederick Bloemaert (1610–1669))

Note that Marcel G Roethlisberger (1993) in his catalogue raisonné, “Abraham and his Sons: Paintings and Prints”, advises that Crispijn van de Passe the younger made engraved copies of Frederick Bloemaert’s plates “in reverse, same sizes, with altered numbering, unsigned” (vol. 1, p. 417).

“Plate 117: Two Female Figures” (descriptive title only), c1656, engraving in reverse after Frederick Bloemaert’s, “Figures: No. 139”, (Roethlisberger T139) (see also a variation in the numbering, “117”,  from a different edition shown in the copy held by the British Museum:, after Abraham Bloemaert’s (1564–1651) drawing (Cambridge drawing no.14) from “Het Tekenboek” (Artistic drawing book).

Engraving on laid paper trimmed with a small margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet providing wide margins.

Size: (support sheet) 36 x 29.2 cm; (sheet) 22.2 x 17.4 cm; (plate) 20.8 x 16 cm; (image borderline) 20.4 x 15.6 cm.

Numbered in plate within the image borderline: (lower-right corner) “117”.

Copy in reverse of Roethlisberger T139 (Marcel G. Roethlisberger 1993, “Abraham Bloemaert and His Sons: Paintings and Prints”, vol. 1, Davaco, Doornspuk, p. 411, cat. no. T139).

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with a small margin around the platemark and laid upon a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Beyond minor surface marks the sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this very beautiful engraving showing the highest order of technical skill for the total price of AU$226 (currently US$155.55/EUR145.41/GBP129.16 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 exceptionally fine engraving designed for artists to copy and advance their skills, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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