Jan Collaert II (aka Hans Collaert) (c.1561–c.1620)
“Deer Hunt with Bow and Arrow” (aka “Stag Hunt”), c.1596, after the design by Jan van der Straet (aka Joannes Stradanus; Ioannes Stradanus) (1523–1605), plate 36 from the series of 104 plates, “Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium”, published in Antwerp by Philips Galle (aka Philippe Galle; Philippus Gallaeus) (1537–1612).
Engraving on fine laid paper trimmed with a small margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet providing wider margins.
Size: (sheet) 21.1 x 28.2 cm; (plate) 20 x 27.2 cm; (image borderline) 18.2 x 27 cm.
Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “Ioan. Stradanus inuent.”; (lower centre) “Ioan. Collaert Sculp. [...] Phls Galle excud.”
Numbered and lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “36.”; (centre in two columns of two lines of Latin verse) “Dum cornu Cerui, Iaculator forte Sagittâ;/ Attingit, Muscæ Ceruus morsum putat, atq[ue]// Sublato cornu Scalpit pede: nec mora, telum/ Inter vtrumque pedem prompta volat arte Secundum.”
New Hollstein Dutch 502 (Marjolein Leesberg [comp.] 2008, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450-1700: Cranach–Drusse”, vol. 6, Amsterdam, Sound and Vision, cat. no. 502).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Plate numbered 36, Deer Hunt with Bow and Arrow; in the centre foreground, a deer scratches its ear with its hind hoof; beyond, to the right, a huntsman targets the animal with a bow and arrow; two deer are seen in the mid-ground beyond” (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1957-0413-65).
Condition: a richly inked and near faultless impression with small margins laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Beyond a restored tear in the margin at centre and minor darkening in the text area, the sheet is in an excellent condition with no holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this magnificent impression—note the strong tonal contrasts and the crisp linework—of a very beautiful engraving showing a stag that has been bitten by a fly (“Muscæ”, based on my reading of the Latin inscription) at a critical moment of distraction for a strike from a Persian hunter with his bow (a “Kaman”), for the total cost of AU$320 (currently US$213.89/EUR193.53/GBP170.36 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 superb engraving executed with great sensitivity and care, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold