‘Vertumnus and Pomona’
Mezzotint engraving on hand laid (vergé type) paper. Watermark: none.
Sheet size: 37 x 46 cm. Image size: 29.5 x 38 cm.
By Gerard Valck and/or Jan Verkolje after Caspar Netscher. Gerard Valck / Gerardus Valk (1652-1726) was an engraver and a printseller in Amsterdam. He was specialized in cartography and globes. His Celestial and Earth globes were innovative, based on the latest scientific information with less text and images, while his competitors sticked with the Blaeu designs based on Tycho Brahe. As such the Valck/Schenk firm gained an absolute monopoly in globe-making and selling that were sold throughout the 18th c. Caspar Netscher (1639-1684) was a Dutch portrait and genre painter. He was born in Heidelberg or Prague, but fled with his mother and sister to Arnhem during the civil war. He became a pupil of Ter Borch for a few years before embarking on a Grand Tour. He died early, in 1684, but his legacy was thenceforth carried by his two sons, Constantyn and Theodorus.
Source: published by Gerard Valck. This is possibly a later state edited by Valck but orginally by Jan Verkolje, with the name Verkolje defaced from the plate. This print is sometimes also identified as Pan and Pomona.
Condition: Good, given age. A few small tears. Larger tear in right margin, not effecting image. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
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