Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 20.7 x 32.5 cm. The image size is ca. 13.9 x 17.7 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.1 x 12.8 inch. The image size is ca. 5.5 x 7 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘Le sot se pleint tousiours de sa condition.’ – (‘The fool always complains of his condition’). In a landscape a man is saddling an ox, while in the backgorund another man pushes a plough led by a horse. From: ‘La Doctrine des Moeurs […]’ printed by Louys Sevestre for Pierre Daret, Paris, 1646. First edition. Author: Marin le Roy de Gomberville. Made by order of Mazarin for the instruction of the young Louis XIV. The plates are copies in reverse after Otto van Veen’s emblems in ‘Q. Horatii Flacci Emblemata.’ Ref: Brunet II 1658.Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘P. Daret’ after ‘Otto Vaenius’. Otto van Veen, also known by his Latinized name Otto Venius or Octavius Vaenius, (c.1556-1629) was a painter, draughtsman, and humanist active primarily in Antwerp and Brussels in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.
Condition: Very good, given age. A stain in the right margin and one in the lower margin. Some creases in right top margin and print. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-FOOLS COMPLAIN-CONDITION-SADDLE OX-PLOUGH HORSE-VEEN-DARET