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Sunday 4 June 2023

Attrib. Cornelis Galle I’s engraving, “The Stoning of St Stephen”, c1606, after Aegidius Sadeler II and Jacopo Palma

Attrib. Cornelis Galle I (1576–1650), or an unidentified engraver from the circle of Aegidius Sadeler II (aka Egidius Sadeler; Gillis Sadeler; Gillis Sadler; Ægedius Sadeler) (c1570–1629)

The attribution to Cornelis Galle I is based on the hand-written note from a previous collector shown at the lower-right corner, the similarity of skills exhibited (see for example, Cornelis Galle I’s “The Assumption of the Virgin” after Rubens: and documented engravings by Cornelis Galle I after Aegidius Sadeler II (see for example “Pictura (de Schilderkunst)”: Of course, this attribution is speculative and consequently may be incorrect.

“The Stoning of St Stephen”, c1606, after and in the same direction as Aegidius Sadeler II’s engraving (see, executed after the painting (c1606) by Jacopo Palma (aka Giacomo Palma il Giovane; Jacopo Negretti; Iacopo Negretti) (c1548–1628) in the Duomo of Cividale del Friule. Note that the British Museum holds a related drawing to this composition by Jacopo Palma; see

Engraving on laid paper, trimmed with a narrow margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 37.3 x 25 cm; (plate) 36.8 x 24.8 cm; (image borderline) 36.7 x 24.6 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: “Quo magis in CHRISTVM iactâ sua damn a leuabat/ Spe STEPHANVS, tanto Stephano præsentior æther// Iuter erat medios lapidum, tacto undique iaetus,/ Mutandi Saulisque minas, verposque furentes” ([Google transl.] The more Stephen's hope, thrown at Christ, mitigated his losses, so much more nearer to Stephen was the ether of the middle of the stones, at the touch of all sides, the threats of Saul and the threats, and the whips raging).

Hand-written note in ink at lower-right corner: “C. Gall[…?]”.

Reference to Aegidius Sadeler’s engraving that this print reproduces: TIB 7201.097 (Isabelle de Ramaix 1997, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Ægedius Sadeler II”, vol. 72, Part 1 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, p. 158, cat. no. [7201].097); Holstein Dutch 97 (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer [comp.] 1980, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450-1700: Aegidius Sadeler to Raphael Sadeler II: text”, vol., 21, Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, cat. no. 97); Wurzbach (vol. 4) 52; LeBlanc 35; Nagler 129.

Condition: a well-printed impression trimmed with a narrow margin around the platemark and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper providing wide margins. There is a restored tear on the left edge and a replenished printer’s crease towards the top. Beyond these issues, the sheet is in an excellent condition for its considerable age.

I am selling this large and very beautiful engraving executed with amazing sensitivity for AU$342 in total (currently US$228.59/EUR206.83/GBP182.07 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 spectacular engraving—note the skill of the engraver to capture the nuances of tone from strong contrasts in the foreground to the softest of greys rendering the far distant trees—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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