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- Object: The Four Elementes
Landscape of trees and plants, with personifications of the four elements, each as a semi-nude female wearing a loose sheet; lower left, Earth, seated on a rock, wearing a garland of flowers, and holding a cornucopia; lower right, Water, wearing a garland of shells, and sitting beside a large pitcher pouring water into a stream; centre left, Fire, aloft and holding a flaming torch; centre right, Air, aloft and surrounded by birds, one of which she holds; in the distance, the sea and buildings on the shore.
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Height: 337 millimetres
Width: 247 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is a copy in reverse direction of an engraving by Johannes Wierix dated 1601 (New Hollstein 1951; Alvin 1478; Mauquoy-Hendricx 1534)
States [recorded by Ganz]
(i) published by Cooper; lettered 'H. de Clerck delineavit // B. Lens fecit // The Four Elementes. // Cum Privilegio Regis // E. Cooper ex.'
(ii) Cooper's excudit removed
The copper-plate is listed in 'A Catalogue of the Genuine and Entire Stock of ... John King', sale held by Abraham Langford, London January 1760, lot 43.
Other impressions: Paris BN (i); Glasgow Hunterian (ii); Yale CBA (ii); CLB (i, ii)
Literature: T.Clayton, 'The English Print 1688-1802', New Haven and London, 1997, pp.3.
- Not on display
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