15, Gladius piscis, Galeus piscis, Ananeus, Mugil. [After COLLAERT, 17th.c]



15, Gladius piscis, Galeus piscis, Ananeus, Mugil. – Plate 15. View of fishes and shells set in an arcadian coastal landscape with ships and fishermen active in the background. In the foreground large fish, and in the background several fishermen’s boats and Dutch ships. The largest of the ships flies the Dutch national flag, a smaller one a Geuzen-flag. Fishermen are gathering fish in large nets. On the shore a village and a town, as well as several churches and a watermill are depicted. On the beach four fish and a number of shells are shown, many of the shells heightened in gilt. The Latin names of the fish have been added to the depiction. From left to right and from top to bottom these are Gladius piscis (a swordfish, Xiphias gladius), Galeus piscis (a cat shark, Scyliorhinus spec.), Mugil (a thicklip grey mullet, Chelon labrosus), and Araneus (a lesser weever, Echiichthys vipera).

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15, Gladius piscis, Galeus piscis, Ananeus, Mugil.

Engraving on hand laid paper. Watermark: Watermark unclear showing star and moon below..
Sheet size: 23 x 16,3 cm. Image size: 18 x 11,8 cm.

Copy in reverse after ‘PISCIUM VIVAE ICONES. In aes incise et editae ab Adriano Collardo.’ Antwerp, after 1598. later ed. published between 1627 and 1677 by Galle family. Several copies were made of this series. This is a copy in reverse. Most of the ships in the background were made after a series of ten prints known as the Sailing Vessels, executed by Frans Huys after designs by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

Made by an anonymous engraver after Adriaen Collaert.

Condition: Very good, given age. Wide margins. Vertical fold as issued. Some minor staining. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 23 × 23 × 1 cm


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