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The Four Elements

about 1600
Crispin van de Passe, Sr. (Netherlandish, 1564–1637)

Place of Publication: Antwerp, Belgium

Catalogue Raisonné

Franken 1134-1137; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, 528-531


Overall: 32 x 21.5 x 5.3 cm (12 5/8 x 8 7/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Set of four engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Antwerp: Crispin de Passe, [about 1600?]) Folio; four leaves; original gilt-stamped armorial green vellum binding (green cloth box). BOUND with: 50.6.1-8 and .10-.15 (Hoffmann album)

Roundel allegorical portraits of four elements (Air, Water, Earth, Fire), within decorative borders

Antwerp: Crispin de Passe [about 1600?]


Ferdinand Hoffmann, Baron Gruenstein (1540-1607, Grünpichl and Strechau) given by him to his wife, Margaretha von Harrach; by descent through the Counts Harrach, to the Hradec Library; William H. Schab, New York, from whom purchased by MFA, January 12, 1950.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund