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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1864,0625.22

  • Description

    Plate 1 of First Part on Chest Punches: Two men wrestling; wrestler 'A' at left trying to punch wrestler 'B' at right in the chest with his head; illustration to Nicolaes Petter's "Worstel-Konst" (Amsterdam: 1674)
    Etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1674
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 159 millimetres
    • Width: 193 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image, at top centre: "I.Deel". Numbered in top left. The two wrestling men are indicated with "A" and "B".
  • Curator's comments

    This is the first illustration to Nicolaes Petter's Dutch manual on the art of wrestling with seventy-one etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe; for a complete set bound in a volume with title gilt-lettered on the spine see 1864,0625.22-92. The illustrations are divided in thirteen parts according to the different techniques; they are numbered consecutively and per section. The pairs of wrestlers are dressed in different costumes in each part. There is no engraved frontispiece; the etchings are preceded by a letterpress title-page and sixteen pages with descriptions of the different techniques shown on the etchings.
    The title-page reads: "Klare Onderrichtinge / der Voortreffelijcke / Worstel-Konst, / Verhandelende hoemen in alle voorvallen / van Twist in Handtgemeenschap, sich kan hoeden: en alle / Aengrepen, Borst-Stooten, Vuyst-Slagen &c versetten. / Seer nut en voordeeligh tegens all slaensiecke Twisters, ofte die met een / Mes yemandt dreygen of trachten te beledigen. / Uytgevonden door den wijtberoemde en vermaerden / Worstelaer / NICOLAES PETTER, / En met 71 naeuwkeurige Verbeeldingen der selver, in 't kooper / gebracht door den konstrÿcken / Romeyn de Hooge." and "T Amsterdam, by Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, / Boeckverkooper, op 't Water. Anno 1674 / Met Privilegie". A privilege is printed on the verso of the title-page.
    This publication was also published in German in 1674 and in French in 1712.

    Lit.: E. Kolfin, 'Tot uitpersing van tranen, de verbeelding van de hartstochten', in 'Romeyn de Hooghe, De verbeelding van de late Gouden Eeuw' (edited by H. van Nierop et al.), Zwolle and Amsterdam, 2008, pp.174-175.

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  • Bibliography

    • Landwehr 92-93 bibliographic details
    • Hollstein 968-1038 bibliographic details
  • Location

    157.d.1

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Klare Onderrichtinge der Voortreffelijcke Worstel-Konst, Verhandelende hoemen in alle voorvallen van Twist in Handtgemeenschap, sich kan hoeden: en alle Aengrepen, Borst-Stooten, Vuyst-Slagen &c versetten. (Amsterdam, 1674)
  • Acquisition date

    1864

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1864,0625.22


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