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Friday 22 December 2023

(attrib.) Abraham Blooteling’s etching, “The Family”, 1655–1690, after Adriaen van Ostade

(attrib.) Abraham Blooteling (aka Abraham Bloteling; Abraham Blotelingh; Abraham Blootelingh) (1640–1690) (see the Rijksmuseum’s description of this print in the later numbered state:

“The Family” (aka “Boerengezin in Interieur”; “Farming Family in Interior”), 1655–1690 (Rijksmuseum attrib.), plate 3 from the series of eight prints, “Caprice”, after scenes by Adriaen van Ostade (1610–1685). Proof before numbering and publication in Amsterdam by Abraham Blootelling, etched in the reverse direction to Adriaen van Ostade’s composition (see

Etching on fine laid paper, trimmed with a thread margin around the platemark backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 13.5 x 11.1 cm; (plate) 13.3 x 10.8 cm; (image borderline) 12.9 x 10.5 cm.

Inscribed in plate at lower left “1646” with indistinct additional marks at lower right.

Ref. Hollstein 46 (K.G. Boon & J. Verbeek 1964, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Van Ostade–De Passe”, vol. 15, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger en Co., p. 59, cat. no. 46).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print: “[trans.] Simple living area with farmer's family during daily activities. The farmer's wife takes care of her youngest child while a boy eats from a bowl at the table and the farmer cuts a slice of bread. Another boy is playing with a dog. The room is full of household objects and furniture” (

Lifetime impression before numbering.

Condition: a strong, well-printed and near faultless impression in an excellent condition, trimmed with a thread margin around the platemark and laid in a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper providing wide margins.

I am selling this superb, near faultless, lifetime impression before the plate was later numbered for publication, for AU$307 (currently US$208.22/EUR189.13/GBP164.09 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 very beautiful etching by Blooteling—a contemporary of Van Ostade—in the reverse direction after Van Ostade’s design, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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