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- Series: Septem Liberales Artes (The Seven Liberal Arts)
Title-plate to the series of seven liberal arts. 1645
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Height: 126 millimetres
Width: 105 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Text adapted from Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Stuart Britain', BM 1998 cat.71)
In the quality of their draughtsmanship and the sophistication of their settings, Clein's series of 1645 brought something entirely new to the English production of sets of allegorical figures. Even their size was different. It is this quality that explains why more impressions of Clein's set have survived than of any others. Nicholas Stogdon has pointed out to us that Clein derived his compositions from a set engraved in the 1550s by Cornelis Cort after designs by Frans Floris, although he considerably revised and updated the compositions (see J.C.J.Bierens de Haan, 'L'Oeuvre gravé de Cornelis Cort', The Hague 1948, cat.224-30).
This was the apparently the first set of prints published by Thomas Rowlett. When he died or gave up his business in 1649 or shortly thereafter, he sold most of his stock to Thomas Hinde, who published 'at the Black Bull in Cornhill'. Hinde in turn sold three sets of Clein's plates to Robert Walton, whose catalogue of 1659 lists: 'The 5 Senses, and 7 liberal sciences of Mr Clein's doing, and also his rare book of Foldidge'.
The British Museum has the complete set in Hinde's edition, as well as a separate Rowlett titleplate.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000 Jan-Mar, Ipswich, Christchurch Mansion, Printmaking in Stuart Britain
2000 May-Jul, Bristol, City Mus and AG, Printmaking in Stuart Britain
2000 Oct-Dec, Lancaster, Peter Scott Gallery, Printmaking in Stuart Britain
2000/1 Dec-Feb, Banff, Duff House, Printmaking in Stuart Britain
2001 Feb-May, Cardiff, National Mus, Printmaking in Stuart Britain
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