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Hollstein 134; Nadine M. Orenstein, 2001, p. 181, n. 67, only state
mm 220 x 290
Provenance: Ed. Schultze Collection, Wien, 1900 c. (Lugt 906).
Inscribed at lower right: ‘Bruegel. 1559’, at lower center: ‘Charitas’, at lower left ‘H. cock excude’, in the lower margin: ‘Speres tibi accidere quod alteri accidit, ita demum excitaberis ad opem ferendam/ si sumpseris eius animum qui opem tunc in malis constitutes implorat’.
From the Series ‘The Seven Virtues’, 1559 – 60.
The preparatory drawing, signed and dated lower left ‘Bruegel’, 1559, in pen and brown ink, is preserved in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen di Rotterdam (inv. BdH 15040).
Superb impression, printed with plate-tone and trace of wiping marks, with the framing lines all around.
The guidelines are visible, characteristic of the early impressions.
In pristine conditions.
Backed with ancient paper, with Schultze’s Collection mark on the verso.