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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Augustin Hirschvogel’s etching, “Jacob Wrestling with the Angel”, 1548

Augustin Hirschvogel (1503–1553)

“Jacob Wrestling with the Angel” (TIB title), 1548 (inscribed in plate), from the series of 104 illustrations published in Vienna in 1550 by Aegidius Adler (fl.mid-1500s) in “Vorredt und eingang der Concordantzen alt und news Testaments."

The Curator of the British Museum advises that Adler’s publication features “[t]wo etchings to a page with German letterpress above and below with relevant biblical passages” (see BM no. 1926,0617.13.55). TIB notes that this print is paired with the etching “The Nailing to the Cross” (see TIB 18 [9].1.73 [171]).

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed around the platemark (with loss of the letterpress text above the platemark) and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 11.7 x 14.8 cm; (image borderline) 11.3 x 14.5 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower right-of-centre) “1548”.

TIB 18 (9).1.72 (171) (Jane S Peters [ed.] 1982, “The Illustrated Bartsch: German Masters of the Sixteenth Century”, vol. 18, Abaris Books, New York, p. 166, cat. no. 1.72 [171]); Schwarz 69; Hollstein 134b.

See also the descriptions of this print offered by The British Museum and The National Gallery of Art: &

Condition: a strong and well-printed lifetime impression (based on the line quality with no sign of wear to the printing plate), trimmed around to the plate-mark and laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in a very good condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this very early and extremely rare etching illustrating an Old Testament scene from Genesis 32, for AU$310 in total (currently/approximately US $200.54/EUR 188.15/ GBP 160.77 at the time of posting 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. Note that payment is in Australian dollars (AU $310) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in acquiring this Renaissance period print executed in Michelangelo’s lifetime by the artist who arguably popularised the great Albrecht Altdorfer’s somewhat panoramic approach to landscape—note, for example, the artful arrangement of the four herds of animals portrayed in diminishing sizes and spatial intervals into the distance—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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