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The reward of Labour and Diligence

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • The reward of Labour and Diligence
  • Description

    The diligent worker aspiring to the righteousness of the Lord; Hope ("Spes") above on a rocky arch tugs on a rope attached around the waist of "Labor", holding a spade, with Faith ("Fides") supporting him; sitting atop the rock under a canopy are three allegorical female figures - Justice is flanked by a woman adoring a crucifix and another holding a flaming heart; 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

        Lettered below left "MHeemskerck pinxit" and numbered "3". The figures labelled in the design. Columns of letterpress in Latin "Spes animosa ... dantem" and in French "Espoir donc ..." and Dutch "Hope trect ...".
  • Curator's comments

    For comment see 1875,0710.437.

  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 305 (Phillips Galle) bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 503.I (Maarten van Heemskerck) bibliographic details
  • Location

    D+F Post-binder Extra Large

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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