Lions

Marcus de BYE
Date
1664
Description

A set of eight. Hollstein 49-56, second state of three with the address of N. Visscher, the first publisher
Fine early impressions with thread margins, carefully window-mounted on 17th Century laid paper. Some rippling in the support sheets, very small number labels from a former collection in the upper right corners of these, otherwise in very good condition. 177 x 228mm
De Bye was a painter but is best known for his sets of animal etchings, chiefly after Potter, who had died young. Potter drew exotic animals as well as domestic ones, presumably through access to a menagerie, succeeding in making them reasonably life-like. While he took pains to set wild creatures like lions, wolves and bears in a natural setting, the occasional bowl betrays their captive state, and the insertion of a pyramid in plate 5 does not fool us that these are not European landscapes.
The set 2000

Price
$2,000