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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
Of Final Creation
Rubens, Peter Paul (Siegen 1577 – Antwerp 1640). Coastal Landscape with Thunderstorm. Fortified town at a mountainous bay. Before the harbour ships and boats – in Feininger-like depiction – searched rescue. On the peninsula in the foreground two churches, a shepherd with his flock, and farmers running away. Engraving by Schelte à Bolswert (Bolsward, Frisia, 1586 – Antwerp 1659). Inscribed: .P.P. Rubbens (sic!) pinxit . / S a Bolswert fecit. 12 × 16¾ in (30.6 × 42.7 cm).
From Schneevogt 53 + Hollstein 305-325, IV (of V). – Not in Rosenberg (2nd ed.) – From the set of the socalled Small Landscapes after Rubens. – With the address of Aegidius (Gillis) Hendriks in Antwerp (Gillis Hendricx excudit / Antwerpiae Cum privilegio), before that of Jacques Philippe le Bas (Lebas, 1707 Paris 1783). – Wurzbach, Bolswert 86, too, reckons the Hendricx address as the fourth of five states while generally saying in advance:
Julius Hofmann – “(he) occupied himself with a subtle examination of the states of the plates of Bolswert’s landscapes after Rubens”, Max Lehrs 1922 in the preface to the catalogue of the Hofmann sale – saw in the state here supposedly the second though: on one of the plates of this set from his collection traded here some time ago his autograph note “Sch. 53 No. 3” is followed by the raised addition “Hfm. II.”. The Roman number can refer only to the state, not to the sequence within the suite. Amongst Hendriks, active since 1645, Wurzbach – I, 677 – notes “owner of the old stock of van den Enden”. And in the latter’s article – I, 492 – “in 1645 he seems to have retired because already at that time the name Gillis Hendrickx appeared on the plates”.
With four-liner in Latin under the motto En quo discordia ciues. – On wide-margined strong laid paper with almost invisible centerfold. – The margins on the back with remains of earlier framing. Otherwise untouched.
Wonderful impression determined by a vibrant chiaroscuro
with still slight plate dirt and of a matchless faithfulness:
(Wurzbach I , 137 f.).
But also generally and beyond his works after Rubens Schelte belongs to the most esteemed artists not only of his time:
(Traude Kannengießer, Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon XII, 1996, 414).
Offer no. 28,749 / EUR 813. / export price EUR 772. (c. US$ 892.) + shipping