A Spaniel leaping to the left
Of the utmost rarity. Hollstein 19, second state of two with the artist’s inscription and date
A fine impression with thread margins all round. Remains of window-mounting and hinges on the verso, pale even discolouration, a tiny abrasion upper left corner, otherwise in very good condition. 123 x 155 mm
Jan Verkolje was a painter who trained under Jan Lievens, as well as making a small body of mezzotint engravings during the first decades after the invention of the technique around 1642, possibly under the influence of Abraham Blooteling. It is not certain whether Verkolje spent some years in England as many of the early Dutch mezzotinters did, greatly popularizing the medium there. Walpole cited him among the engravers published by the Englishman A. Browne. As a painter he was not an animalier, but spaniels appear repeatedly in his indoor settings, as well as in a hunting portrait. Besides the leaping spaniel, he also mezzotinted a Sleeping Spaniel and a Spaniel crouching to the right, neither dated but presumed to be within the same time span. All of these prints are exceedingly rare.