2 Rare print series by Ludolf Bakhuizen Virtual Print Fair 106


Description: Rare print series by celebrated marine painter Ludolf Bakhuizen

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Amsterdam, "1701" [= ca. 1751]. Foolscap oblong 1mo (33 x 42 cm). Loose sheets (formerly side-stitched through 2 holes) inserted in modern portfolio. Untrimmed, leaving all deckles intact. Engraved calligraphic title-page (16.5 x 23.8 cm), mezzotint portrait of Bakhuizen (18.5 x 14.4 cm), probably by Jacob Gole, with a 4-line Latin verse by Joan van Broekhuizen printed from a separate plate, and 10 etched plates, the first with a 6-line Dutch verse by Bakhuizen printed from a separate plate. The first plate measures 19.7 x 25.9 cm, the others ca. 17.5 x 23.5 cm. [12] engraved ll.

Very rare third state of a remarkable maritime print series by Ludolf Bakhuizen (or Backhuysen, 1630-1708), one of the leading marine painters of the Dutch Golden Age. After the calligraphic title and the portrait of Bakhuizen follow an impressive personification of the city of Amsterdam, showing the Maid of Amsterdam riding in Neptune's triumphal chariot, with in the background the 64-gun man-of-war Amsterdam (built in 1688) and the shipyard and depot of the Dutch East India Company, and below, a 6-line verse celebrating the Dutch overseas trade. The other plates show coastal, harbour, river and sea views, including the IJ (Amsterdam), the Maas (Rotterdam) and a family picnicking on the shore of a river, with a wide variety of ships and boats, from large men-of-war to small rowboats, on calm seas and in violent storms.
Bakhuizen was already a celebrated marine painter when, at age 71, he turned his hand to etching, producing the present evocative plates, the only prints he ever produced.
The series exists in three states: before the artist's name and numbers, with the numbers 1-7 added to plates 2-8, and with the numbers erased. The present plates are printed on a single paper stock, watermarked: crowned coat of arms of Amsterdam with two rampant lions = "V ROCQVIER | 1751".

Slightly foxed, a few light insignificant water stains, otherwise in very good condition. An important series of maritime views, of high artistic quality, here unbound and wholly untrimmed.
De Groot & Vorstman, Zeilschepen 110-115; Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish), pp. 54-57, 1-10; STCN (1 copy); WorldCat (3 copies); Wurzbach I, pp. 42-43; for the paper: Gaudriault, p. 262.
  • Number: 1060021
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum