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The reward of Labour and Diligence

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • The reward of Labour and Diligence
  • Description

    Labour and Diligence enjoying their simple meal; they sit at a long table and an angel places two wreaths over their heads; a procession of four servants labelled "Orexis", "Sanitas", "Firmitas" and "Parsimonia" bring plates up some steps; full sheet (285.00 x 365.00 mm); after Heemskerck. 1572
    Engraving and letterpress


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1572
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 210 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Numbered "5". The figures labelled in the design. Columns of letterpress in Latin "Fastidium stomacho ... sumptu" and in French "Labeur donne ..." and Dutch "Arbeyt gheest ...".
  • Curator's comments

    For comment see 1875,0710.437.

  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 307 (Phillips Galle) bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 505.I (Maarten van Heemskerck) bibliographic details
  • Location

    D+F Post-binder Extra Large

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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