‘Op het ploegen, missen en spitten in d’aerde’
etching / engraving on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 17 x 23 cm. (6,7 x 9,1 inch). Image size: 13,5 x 10,5 cm. (5,3 x 4,1 inch).
From: J. Cats – Ouderdom, Buytenleven, en Hof-gedachten, op Sorgh-Vliet – Amsterdam, by Jan Jacobsz. Schipper, 1656.
Made by ‘A. van de Venne’ after ‘Jacob Cats’. The Author is Jacob Cats, also known as Father Cats (born Nov. 10, 1577, Brouwershaven, Zeeland, Spanish Netherlands – died Sept. 12, 1660, Zorgvliet, near The Hague) Dutch poet. A magistrate and high official, he was enormously popular as a writer of emblem books, consisting of woodcuts or engravings with verses possessing a moral. His Mirror of Old and New Times (1632) contains many quotations that have become household sayings in the Netherlands, and he used it to express the ethical concerns of Dutch Calvinists, especially about love and marriage. The famous poetry by Jacob Cats is often accompanied by well engraved images after the design of Adriaen van de Venne. Not all engravings have been signed, but engravers indicated include J. Swelinc, I. Matham, Wil. Hondius, C. v. Quiborne, D. v. Bremden & possibly others.
Condition: Very good, given age. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.