Hieronymus Wierix (aka Jerome Wierix) (1553–1619)
“Jonah Fleeing the Presence of the Lord” (aka “Jonah is commanded by God to go to Nineveh”; “Jonas reçoit de Dieu l’ordre d’aller à Ninive”; “Jona's roeping en weigering om naar Nineve te gaan”), 1585, plate 1 from the series of four plates, “History of Jonas” (aka “Geschiedenis van Jona”—mindful that in the second edition Claes Jansz. Visscher (aka Nicolaes Jansz.Visscher; Piscator) (1587–1652) added a fifth plate (plate 4 in the sequence) that is now doubted to be by the hand of Hieronymus Wierix (see Mauquoy-Hendrickx , Part 1, p. 6, cat. nos. 38–41)—after the design by Maarten de Vos (aka Maarten de Vos; Maerten de Vos) (1532–1603), published in Antwerp by Gerard de Jode (aka Geeraert de Jode; Geerart de Jode; Gerardo de Jode; Gheerde de Jode; Gheraerde de Jode; Girard de Jode; Gerard de Jode (1516/17–1591).
Engraving on laid paper watermarked with a double-headed eagle on shield, trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline and writing edge.
Size: (sheet) 18.7 x 25.4 cm; (image borderline) 17.7 x 24.9 cm.
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: “Mittitur ad Niniues celeberrima mœnia Jonas, Imperium domini sed tamen ille fugit. Jonas Cap. 1. Leronim9. Wierinc fecit.”
State ii (of v) This is a lifetime impression that still retains the lettering guide lines. From what I am able to determine, this impression is from the second of five states, before the plate number “1” is added (third state) and before the representation of God shown at upper-left is erased and replaced with God’s name in Hebrew (fourth state).
Mauquoy-Hendrickx 38 ([Marie Mauquoy-Hendrickx 1978, “Les Estampes Des Wierix”, Part 1, Brussels, Bibliotheque Royale Albert, p. 6, cat. no. 38); Hollstein Dutch 53–2(4); Mielke 41.
The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print: (transl.) “Jonah is sent by God the Father to the city of Nineveh. Jonah does not want to and flees to Tarshish in a ship. Jonah already points to the ship he will take. Below the image a reference in Latin to the Bible text in Jonah 1” (http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.531037).
See also the description of this print offered by the British Museum: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1877-0811-1118.
Condition: a strong and near faultless impression, trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline and writing edge. Beyond a collector’s note in ink beside the fecit note (verso) and minor staining in the harbour view, the sheet is in very good condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or foxing.
I am selling this superb lifetime impression from the Renaissance period executed by one of the major old master printmakers, for AU$337 (currently US$227.63/EUR213.79/GBP189.24 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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