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after Wierix, Johannes (1549-c. 1618)
Ets/Etching: De Slapende Leeuw / The sleeping Lion.
"Allegory of the political situation in the Netherlands in the year 1567. All the different factions are depicted as animals. While the Dutch Lion sleeps (bottom right), the fox and the wolf take the goose out of a cage. In the background, to the right, several men are enjoying some free time drinking and sleeping under the trees, while their cattle are being stolen. The present state is updated to the situation of 1619, with inscriptions identifying each animal. On the bottom a legend and other text in Dutch, French, German and Latin by Richard Lubbaeus. Mirror image copy to Wierix's original. Signed at bottom: ""Francisco Antonij excudebat / Cor. I ex."". The left margin presents traces of former binding; 1619."."Etching on paper with margins; plate mark: 205 x 310 mm, total: 274 x 274 mm; state III/3; rather cooked paper, traces of previous passe-partout; the most external margins are a bit damaged; small stain on the bottom center; rather sharp impression. Hollstein 1922 (copy); ""Illustrierte Flugblätter aus den Jahrhunderten der Reformation und der Glaubenskämpfe"", Wolfgang Harms, Beate Rattay, p. 146-147, cat.nr. 70."
Bookseller: Antiquariaat Arine van der Steur [Netherlands]
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