Byrsa Amsterodamensis -- The Amsterdam Exchange

1612
Claes Jansz Visscher, Jr. (Netherlandish, 1586–1652)


Object Place: Holland

Catalogue Raisonné

Simon 151, ii/ii; Hollstein xxxvii.162.418 ii/ii

Dimensions

25.7 x 32.8 cm (10 1/8 x 12 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1976.622

Medium or Technique

Etching

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

(The Amsterdam Bourse– Hendrick de Keyser, architect.
The bridge in the foreground is dated 1611.
The first state appears in the edition of 1612.
This impression probably from one of the following editions: 1613, 1625, 1646, or 1648.
Arms of Amsterdam seen on bridge and facade.
At left are a money bag and a winged caduceus (the symbol of Mercury, the god of commerce).
Roofers appear to be putting the finishing touches on the new building.

Inscription

In plate at top: BYRSA AMSTERODAMENSIS.
In plate LL: Godinnen Shibberglad des Amstels, die de voet
Van dit swaerlyvich werck belickt, wilt u niet belegen
Dat ghy benauwder speelt met uw swierende vloet,
Hier, daerfe keelen vyf met cunst gemest verswelgen.
De burse ryster, tot ontfang der volken vremdt
Vande langarmde Zee den vader aller meeren.
En van uw maechschap, dat aen ‘sWerelds bodem swent,
Gefonden om uytheemsch uw schulpen te stofferen.
P. C. Hooft Amsterdammer
In plate LL: CJVisscher fecit Ao 1612.
In plate LR: 45
In plate LR (on bridge): Ano (I) (I C XI
Later inscriptions or marks: Recto UR in graphite pencil: 3. [encircled]

Markings

PDP Watermark Type: small amorial [?]

Provenance

Purchased from Christopher Mendez, London.

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund