The Great Lion

1590
Jacob (Jacques) de Gheyn II (Dutch, 1565–1629), Published by Joos de Bosscher (Dutch, active in Amsterdam 1587–died in 1591)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 170 (I/II)

Dimensions

Trimmed within platemark: 26.2 x 34.3 cm (10 5/16 x 13 1/2 in.) Platemark: 27.3 x 34.9 cm (10 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2012.115

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Inscribed in plate, lower right: Bosscher. excu.; between two oval engraved lines framing image: AD PROSTERNENDVM, SE DOCET ESSE FERAM . HR .*EN LEO MAGNANIMVS, VIGILANTI MENT RECVMBENS: VERBERET VT CAVDAM, TOLLAT VT IPSE IVBAS. NEC FVGIENS, NEC QVEM METVENS: SED PROMPTVS ET ACER

Signed

Signed in plate, lower left: I D Gheyn.fe.

Markings

Watermark in the center of the right edge, possibly a name or initials in a lozenge, with twisted pillars above. Recto, in pencil, lower right: 17. Verso, collector's stamp in red: JG [Jules Gerbeau, Lugt 1165]; collector's stamp in red: O [with crown above; Comte Octave Edouard de Behague, Lugt 2004]; in pencil: DH; MFA stamp with accession number in pencil: 2012.115

Provenance

Comte Octave Edouard de Behague (b. 1827/1828 – d. 1879; Lugt 2004), Paris. Jules Gerbeau (d. 1906; Lugt 1165), Paris. April 2, 1998, anonymous sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, sold to Hill-Stone, Inc., New York; 1998, sold by Hill-Stone to Robert Wheaton (d. 2010), Cambridge, MA; by descent to his widow, Barbara Wheaton, Cambridge; 2011, sold by Barbara Wheaton to Hill-Stone, Inc.; 2012, sold by Hill-Stone to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2012)

Credit Line

Katherine E. Bullard Fund in memory of Francis Bullard