Requires Photography

possibly Anna Fullings (Goltzius's Mother)

formerly thought to be Catharina Dekker, or Agatha Scholier

about 1583
Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 210, Hollstein 225


Sheet: 15.7 x 13.8 cm (6 3/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Engraving (counterproof)

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings





Inscribed in plate, in margin below portrait, in reverse: Damnosa quid non imminuit dies:/Aetas parentum peior auis, tulit/Nos nequiores: mox daturos/Progeniem vitiosiorem. [What deterioration comes with each passing day/Our parents' era even more than that of our forebears/has made us still less fit, causing us to produce even more defective progeny]


Signed in plate, in reverse, lower right: HGoltzius fecit


Verso, collector's stamp in black, in palette: JBJ [Rev. J. Burleigh James; Lugt 1425]; collector's stamp in red: H.F.S. [Henry F. Sewall; Lugt 1309]; purple Parker Collection MFA stamp with accession number in ink: 7269 [Lugt 1870]; in graphite: Agatha Scholier Huyvrouw van/Christian Bar[?] Schoonmoeder/van Hendrick Goltzius; 210;[?]; 2


Before 1877, Rev. John Burleigh James (b. 1811 - d. 1891), Knowbury Park, Shropshire, England; his collection dispersed at Sotheby's, London, 1877. Henry Foster Sewall (b. 1816 - d. 1896), New York; November, 1897, purchased by the MFA through the Harvey D. Parker Fund.

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund