Sheep with Two Lambs
ADRIAEN VAN DE VELDE
Amsterdam 1636 – 1672 Amsterdam
"Sheep with Two Lambs", 1670
Part of a series of three prints depicting sheep and goats
Etching. 8.1 x 10.6 cm.
Signed and dated in image, lower right: A.V.V.F.1670
LiteratureLe Blanc 14; Nagler 14; Wurzbach 14; Dutuit 14; Bartsch 14; TIB 14; Hollstein 14
Very fine impression, sharply printed with good contrasts and some plate tone, ample margins all around, in very good condition.
Together with Nicolaes Berchem (1622–1683) and Albert Cuyp (1620–1691), Adriaen van de Velde belonged to the most important and prolific animal painters of the seventeenth century. Just like these artists, he tried his hand at etching, producing various series of prints, mostly of little groups of animals standing in a landscape.
Throughout his oeuvre Van de Velde paid great attention to nature, as is poignantly illustrated by this plate of a sheep nursing her newborn lamb, with a second one lying in the thicket in the background. Van der Velde’s technical mastery of the medium of etching resulted in a free, sketchy and very lively image. The present print was originally part of a series of three, including Two Lying Sheep.