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Friday 5 January 2024

Jonas Umbach’s etching, “Bacchanal with little Silenus”, c1660

Jonas Umbach (1624–93)

“Bacchanal with little Silenus” (aka “Bacchanale d'Enfants”), c,1660 (1645–1700), from the series of six plates (as described by Nagler [1849], vol. 19, p. 238), “Bacchanale und Kinderspiele in reichen Landschaften” (Bacchanals and children's games in rich landscapes).

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

Size: (sheet) 8.5 x 12.5 cm; (plate) 8.1 x 12.1 cm.

Inscribed in plate (mirror inverted) at lower left on pedestal blocks: “Jonas Umbach f”.

Nagler 130 (G.K. Nagler 1849, “Neues allgemeines Künstler-Lexicon oder Nachrichten von dem Leben und den Werken der Maler, Bildhauer, Kupferstecher, Formschneider, Lithographen, Zeichner, Medailleure, Elfenbeinarbeiter, etc.: Torre, G–Veiss, R”, vol. 19, Munich, E A Fleischmann, p. 238, cat. no. 130).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Procession with the drunken Silenus to a bust of Pan at the left, enacted by putti. Etching” (

See also the brief description of this print offered by the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire:

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression (apart from the upper-left edge which may have been over-wiped?), trimmed with a narrow margin around the platemark and laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper providing wide margins. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this extremely rare original etching by Jonas Umbach—note that this print is not in the online collection of the Rijksmuseum or the Metropolitan Museum of Art—for AU$339 (currently US$227.68/EUR208.04/GBP179 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 remarkable 17th century print by an artist famed for his small etchings and for his skill in biting his printing plates only once in acid, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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