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Wednesday 22 March 2023

Johann Jakob Haid’s mezzotint, “St Matthew”, early 1700s, after Hartmann

Johann Jakob Haid (aka Johann Jacob Haid, Johann Jacobus Haid) (1704–1767)

“St Matthew” (aka “St Matthew and the Angel”; “Saint Mathieu”; “S. Matthævs”), early 1700s, mezzotint after a painting by Hartmann (as inscribed in plate; possibly Johannes Jakob Hartmann (1680–1730) who is known for painting landscape with biblical figures) and published by the artist in Augsburg.

Mezzotint with etching on thick laid paper trimmed with a small margin around the platemark, with replenishment/restoration of wormholes at lower right and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 42.7 x 29.2 cm; (plate) 41.3 x 28.4 cm; (image borderline) 37.7 x 28.1 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) Hartmann. Pinx.”; (centre) “S. MATTHÆVS./ J. J. Haid et filius excudit Aug. V. [Augsburg]”; (right corner) “J.”

LeBlanc (not described) (Charles Le Blanc 1856, “Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes: contenant le dictionnaire des graveurs de toutes les nations”, vol. 2, Paris, P Jannet, pp. 333–34)

Interestingly, the Yale Center for British Art holds a series of ten saints executed in mezzotint by Johann Jakob Haid of which this print may belong; for example: “Saint Bartholomew” and “Saint Philip” Note, however, that Yale collection of these possibly related prints are all after Johann Kupezky (1667–1740) whereas this print is after the painter inscribed as “Hartmann”. Moreover, the Yale collection has a different image of St Matthew (see

Condition: a strong impression laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There are minor (partially restored) abrasions and replenished wormholes at lower right otherwise the sheet is in a good condition for its age with no significant tears, folds, stains or foxing.

I am selling this velvety and radiantly glowing mezzotint that seems to be so rare that I have been unable to find another copy—this is surprising for such a fine and large mezzotint—for the total cost of AU$268 (currently US$179.52/EUR166.34/GBP146.06 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.

If you are interested in purchasing this marvellous and exceptionally rare mezzotint, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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