Emanuel von Baeyer

Dutch Prints and Drawings from the 16th- to- late 18th centuries

Dutch Prints and Drawings from the 16th- to- late 18th centuries

Frans Floris, Johann Theodor de Bry, Nicolaes de Bruyn, Willem Basse, Anthonie Waterloo, Jan Baptist Herregouts, Gerard Hoet, Johannes de Mare, Bernard Picart

Emanuel von Baeyer Cabinet is pleased to launch a new online exhibition featuring over forty prints and drawing by Dutch and Flemish artists from the 16th to the late 18th centuries. We present an extensive display of some truly rare prints and drawings from the mid-sixteenth century, when the Italian influence on the Dutch and Flemish artists was the most prominent, to Rudolfine Mannerism prints of late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Works depicting aspects of the natural world and everyday life were so characteristic of the Dutch Golden Age that, during the seventeenth century, the Dutch stilleven and landschap were adopted into English as "still life" and "landscape." We are pleased to include in our exhibition a selection of landscape and genre prints and drawings from the 17th century. Additionally, some rare prints by lesser-known Dutch artists, who were essential in continuing Netherlandish printmaking traditions, are included as well.

Among the highlights of the exhibitions are a recently rediscovered drawing by Frans Floris; a proof impression by Raphael Sadeler I, in unknown first state; a complete set of six plates, all first state impressions, by Anthonie Waterloo; a highly finished drawing by Cornelis Visscher, for the principal figures for Visscher’s monumental print the Pancake Woman; and a rare satire print of the infamous Mississippi scheme - one of the earliest examples and images of an economic bubble.

Please visit https://evbaeyer-cabinet.com to view the full exhibition.

Image Credit:

Detail: Nicolaes de Bruyn, A fête champêtre dans le parc devant un château,1601. Engraving. Size of sheet: 44.3 x 66.5 cm.

"By illuminating an interior world as much as illustrating an exterior one, it [Dutch art] moves back and forth between morals and matter, between the durable and the ephemeral, the concrete and the imaginary, in a way that was peculiarly Netherlandish."

Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches, 1987, p.10.

Frans Floris

Sack of Siracuse


Size of sheet: 20.3 x 23.3 cm.

Pen and brown ink, two tones of light brown wash. Laid onto an album sheet, the edges of the drawing lined with thin strips of yellow ochre paper.

In the present drawing Floris recorded Perino del Vaga’s Sack of Syracuse, painted in simulated bronze beneath the School of Athens in the Stanza della Segnatura.


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Johann Theodor de Bry

Actaeon Surprising Diana


Size of sheet: 15.2 x 15.3 cm.

Engraving after Joseph Heintz. Watermark: Crosier, entwined.

Antonio Cesare de Poggi, painter and printmaker active in London and Paris until 1836 (Lugt 617), his sale 17-19 July 1873, Sotheby’s London. Probably collection Zeidler, Nuernberg (Beehive); (Lugt 2732). Heinrich Stiebel, (born 1851, Frankfurt a. M.). (Lugt 1357), his sale: Versteigerung der Graphiken und Zeichnungen Frankfurter Künstler, Beham etc. der Sammlung bei Prestel, 10-16 November 1920, Frankfurt am Main.

Literature: Wurzbach 10; Hollstein 10; Le Blanc 18. Fine impression with plate tone and with large margins. Very rare print of impressive provenance.


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Detail: Bernard Picart, Monument consacré a la posterité , 1720. Engraving and etching. Size of sheet: 31.8 x 43.8 cm.

Nicolaes de Bruyn

A fête champêtre dans le parc devant un château


Size of sheet: 44.3 x 66.5 cm.


After David Vinckboons (1576 Mechelen -1629 Amsterdam). Very good impression with margins of this sought-after print.


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Dutch School

Young man with wide-brimmed hat leaning on a balustrade

17th century

Size of sheet: 14.3 x 11.8 cm. Mounted on a 17th-century album sheet. Verso older inscription of Gabriel Metsu. Sold in a late 18th-century frame.

Black chalk, slightly heightened in white on beige paper.

Unidentifiable collector stamp. Alfred Ritter von Wurzbach (1845 Lemberg – 1915 Vienna) (Lugt 2587). Julius Held (1905 Mosbach – 2002 Vermont).

This drawing bears an old attribution to Gabriel Metsu (1629 Leiden–1667 Amsterdam), and is a typical motif from his oeuvre, which repeatedly surfaces in his drawings and paintings in different variations. The drawn oeuvre of Metsu, predominately in black and white chalk, is comparably rare and, perhaps on these grounds, his drawings are only sporadically mentioned in the literature.


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Detail: Gerard Hoet I, Joseph Interpreting Pharaoh's Dreams. Pen and brown ink, grey wash. Size of sheet: 28.8 x 40.7 cm.

Willem Basse

A saint and a founder kneeling before the Virgin and St. Catherine

Size of sheet: 19.8 x 26.8 cm.

Etching after Titian. Watermark: fleur de lys in a coat of arm.

Literature: B. 2II (as Titian) Holl. 9 (unknown state between I./ II.) Fine impression with small margins before the address of Hendrick Hondius II. Unknown state to Hollstein with the address of the Amsterdam Publisher Frans van den Wynegaerde (1614 – 1679). After the painting, which is now in the Fondazione Magnani Rocca, Mamiano.


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Anthonie Waterloo

Landscape with a dog drinking from a stream as a male figure bathes his feet

Size of sheet: 30.2 x 24.2 cm.

Etching. From a series of six large upright landscapes (H.119-124).

Literature: Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 120.II; Bartsch, II.123.120. Very fine atmospheric impression with margins all around.


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Detail: Anthonie Waterloo, Landscape with a dog drinking from a stream. Etching. Size of sheet: 30.2 x 24.2 cm.

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Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist surrounded by Angels

Jan Baptist Herregouts

Size of sheet: 25.5 x 18.3 cm.

Etching. Inscribed in brown ink Victites St Joanis Bapt. Watermark A B (Heawood 268, c. 1680).

C. G. Boerner, 1990, no. 27.

Literature: Wurzbach 1; Hollstein 1. Very fine impression with plate tone. One of only five etchings by the artist. Rare print.


Gerard Hoet I

Joseph Interpreting Pharaoh's Dreams

Size of sheet: 28.8 x 40.7 cm.

Pen and brown ink, grey wash. Framing lines in brown ink.

Two areas excised by the artist (upper left and far right) and redrawn sections carefully integrated. Inscribed on the backing sheet: ‘Joseph explique les songes à Putiphar’.


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Johannes de Mare

St Nicholas Feast


Size of sheet: 46 x 34.1 cm.

Steel engraving on chine collé. After Jan Steen (1626-1679).

Very fine proof impression. LITERATURE: Niederländisches Künstler-Lexikon : auf Grund archivalischer Forschungen bearbeitet : mit mehr als 3000 Monogrammen, p. 100, cat.nr. 2.


Bernard Picart

Monument consacré a la posterité en memoire de la folie incroyable de la XX année du XVIII siècle


Size of sheet: 31.8 x 43.8 cm.

Engraving and etching.

The present print satirizes the infamous Mississippi scheme started by John Law (1671-1729), a Scottish economist who served as Controller General of Finances under the Duke of Orleans. Law set up and directed the Mississippi Company, funded by the Banque Royale. Its chaotic collapse has been compared to the 17th-century tulip mania in Holland. The Mississippi bubble coincided with the South Sea bubble in England, which allegedly took ideas from it. Combined together with a contemporary copy of this print (engraving, size of sheet: 26.3 x 37.8 cm).


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