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The Months / Mars. Martius

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Mars. Martius

    Title (series)

    • The Months
  • Description

    Plate 4: March. The Roman god Mars seated on a cloud at centre, in armour and holding a sword and a spear; the zodiacal sign of Aries beyond. 1698 Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1698
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 128 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 85 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Numbered "4" in top right corner.
        Signed in lower right corner: "Harrewijn / fecit.".
        Lettered in lower margin: "Deus MARS, MARTIUS".
  • Curator's comments

    This is one of a series of thirteen, for comment see 1904,0711.2.

  • Bibliography

    • Hollstein undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    D+F XVIIc Unmounted Roy

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  • Associated names

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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