Antonio Tempesta, Hare Coursing

Tempesta, Antonio (Florence 1555 – Rome 1630). Hare Coursing with Hounds, on Horseback and on Foot in particularly picturesque hilly landscape with set back buildings. Right in front in the center from laterally behind the large equestrian figure of the owner of the hunt waiting with leashed greyhound, on the left below a tree further huntsman with javelin drinking from a gourd. Etching by or for Claes Jansz. Visscher de Jonghe (1586 Amsterdam 1652). (1639.) 4¼ × 5⅝ in (10.8 × 14.2 cm).

Schwerdt II, 251 (“proof impressions”). – On fine laid paper with typographic watermark as presumably countermark to the coat-of-arms watermark of several further sheets of the set present here.

Highly instructive and also painterly sheet

from the second part of the 32-sheet set of the Aucupationis Multifariæ Effegies Artificiosissimé depictæ et inventæ ab Antonio Tempesta FlorentinoAugsburger Zeichen und Wappen and present here as with Schwerdt in

early impression before the letter

with just the number “2” on the right in the wide white lower platemark from the collection “EK” not identified by Lugt with its small black round monogram stamp on the back (ligated, Lugt 3549, drawings and prints of the 17th to 19th centuries) as well as erroneous attribution to (Christoffel) v. Sichem – elsewhere complemented by “about 1550 – 1600 / Delft – Augsburg” – in pencil. – Acid-freely backed little dog’s ear in the right white lower margin.

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