98. – This original antique print shows a statue of a seated muse on a bench, possibly Clio, leaning on her left arm and looking at right. The statue, now without its head, right arm and fingers of the left hand, is in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. This is a decorative Hellenistic work or a Roman copy which, in its present fragmentary state, still has some late sixteenth- or early seventeenth-century additions (right knee and right foot). The etching shows a restored sculpture in reverse, the sides of the base being in different shape than at present. It was made after a drawing by Jacques de Gheyn III, which was in the possession of Jan Wtenbogaert in Amsterdam. Neither this drawing nor any intermediary drawings by De Bisschop have been traced. The statue is not included in the list of contents and locations, which means he did not know where it was. In his ‘Address to the Spectator’ he explicitly says that De Gheyn’s drawings were not made in Italy, he obviously thought the statue had left Italy for England or France, after Cavalieri’s book was published and before De Gheyn made his drawing. (ref: British Museum).

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Etching on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 17,5 x 28,8 cm. Image size: 10,3 x 18,7 cm.

From: “Signorum veterum icones” by Jan de Bisschop (Joh. Episcopius ), published in 1668. It is a collection of Roman statues / sculptures of Roman gods, emperors, mythological figures, fauns etc. The plates in this work are engraved after his own drawings or after the drawings of Doncker, De Geyn, Dondyns, Matham, Ferreris and others.

Made by Jan de Bisschop after De Bisschop and others. Jan de Bisschop (1628-1671) was widely influential in art and art publishing. A lawyer by profession, he set up practice in The Hague around 1652 and later founded a drawing academy there. He mingled with an elite circle of intellectuals.

Condition: Very good, given age. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 17.5 × 17.5 × 1 cm


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