The Approach to a Village

Le Bourg

Simon de Vlieger (Dutch, 1600 or 1601–1653)

Catalogue Raisonné

Holl.xli.128 9, ii/iii [?]; Bartsch i.28.9 iii/iii


Platemark: 18.8 x 28.5 cm (7 3/8 x 11 1/4 in.); Sheet: 19 x 28.9 cm (7 1/2 x 11 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and drypoint

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



This has been catalogued as a third state impression, but it may well be a second state. The end of the cowherd’s staff does not seem to have been reduced. The precise location of the horizontal lines seen below the belly of the dog in the third state is unclear.


In plate LL: S de Vlieger
Later inscriptions or marks: Verso C in graphite pencil: S de Vlieger B 9 III(3)?
Verso C in graphite pencil: Wm: zotskap [with line to circle enclosing part of watermark]
Verso LR in graphite pencil: a
Verso LR in graphite pencil: S d Vlieger
Verso LR in graphite pencil: WZ Schallenkeppen [? indication of foolscap watermark]


PDP Watermark Type: Foolscap


Theo Laurentius, Voorschoten, The Netherlands; from whom purchased by MFA March 8, 1972.

Credit Line

George Peabody Gardner Fund