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Four-Master and Two Three-Masters Anchored near a Fortified Island with a Lighthouse (from The Sailing Vessels series, 1 of 10 plates)

about 1561–62
Engraved by Frans Huys (Netherlandish, 1522–1562), Designed by Pieter Bruegel, the Elder (Netherlandish, about 1525–1569), Published by Hieronymus Cock (Netherlandish, 1510–1570)

Catalogue Raisonné

Van Bastelaer 104 (I); Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish, vol. III, Bruegel) 104; Orenstein (New Hollstein, Dutch & Flemish, Breugel) 68 (I/III)


Sheet (engraved border): 22 x 28.6 cm (8 11/16 x 11 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Engraving and etching

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Inscribed in plate, in margin, lower right: .Cum. priuileg


Signed in plate, lower right: .F.H.; bruegel


Watermark (yes, but not yet identified); verso, collector's mark in brown ink: P. Davidsohn [Lugt 654]; in graphite: c. 19784; ?Nagl. Mon II 2149.16 Folg[?]/8/1019 Cas M420; Van Bast 104 I; 25; MFA stamp with old accession number in graphite: 31996


Paul Davidsohn (b. 1839 - d. 1924?; Lugt 654), London, Vienna, and Berlin. May 1930, C. G. Boerner sale, Leipzig, lot 165. purchase by the MFA . (Accession Date: July 1, 1930)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund