A Shepherd and Shepherd standing in a Landscape

Johannes THOMAS
17th century

Hollstein 6, first state of three before letters and attribution to Rubens
Provenance: E. Fabricius (Lugt suppl. 847a, also 919 bis); Berlin Kupferstichkabinett (L. 1607, but with the date 1891 and 2482); Baldwin-Wallace College
A fine impression with inky plate edges, thread margins on three sides, trimmed along or just inside the platemark at bottom, but with the blank inscription space. An early pen inscription, now pale, in this, “Printed by John Thomas”. A touch of pigment lower right, a couple of soft creases, remains of old hinges on the verso, otherwise in very good condition. 186 x 144mm.

Thomas, a pupil of Rubens and a successful painter with important patrons, made only six etchings but a larger number of mezzotints. This etching is extremely rare.