The First Parents, Eve Suckling One of Her Children

before 1585
Johannes Sadeler (Netherlandish, 1550–about 1600), After Crispin van den Broeck (Netherlandish, 1524–1591)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hollstein xxi.85 8, iii/iii


Plate: 19.8 x 27 cm (7 13/16 x 10 5/8 in.) Sheet: 23 x 30 cm (9 1/16 x 11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Sadeler’s original series comprised eight engravings: Hollstein xxi.84.1-8.
In the third state six of the eight plates were re-worked to replace the figure of God with a Hebrew tetragram. Plates 3-8 were re-numbered as 1-6, the address and other inscriptions were changed.


In plate LL: Crispin . tb
In plate LR: JSaedeler . f. 6
In plate at bottom: Lapsus homo tolerat miseram cum coniuge vitam . Cunctaq3 tabescunt membra dolore gravi. Genes .C.4.V.1
Later inscriptions or marks: Recto LC in graphite pencil: 12


Lloyd and Vivian Hawes, Wellesley, MA; her bequest to MFA, June 2000.

Credit Line

The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection