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- Object: Harvest
A group of four harvesters preparing to have an open-air meal in the left foreground, with labourers in the field beyond bringing in the harvest. c.1680-1700
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Height: 158 millimetres
Width: 183 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is based on a composition by Jacopo Bassano (erroneously ascribed to Leandro in the Illustrated Bartsch), Summer from a set of the four seasons. The set were engraved by Johann Sadeler I, c. 1581-82 and also by Jan van Ossenbeck for David Teniers' 'Theatrum Pictorum', c. 1656-60.
This mezzotint is in the same direction to the Sadeler, but a reduced composition, omitting sheep-shearers on the right and altering the background, which in the former shows a hay-cart and thatched building. For an impression of the Sadeler (Hollstein 507) see 1936,1214.6. For an impression of the Ossenbeck, in the same direction to this but in the other respects identical to the Sadeler (Hollstein 71) see S.4597. For further details, see also Enrica Pan, 'Jacopo Bassano e l'incisione', ex. cat. Museo Civico, Bassano, 1992, pp. 80-81
There is another anonymous mezzotint published by Lens after Bassano's 'Autumn'; they almost certainly represent a set after the four seasons. See 2010,7081.114 for an impression.
States [recorded by Ganz]
(i) published by Lens; lettered 'Bassan in // Harvest // B Lens Exc'
(ii) without inscriptions; none known, described by Wessely
The print is listed in John & Josiah's 'Alphabetical Catalogue of Plates', London 1803, p. 2, as Smith
Other impressions: Glasgow Hunterian (i); Yale CBA (2 impressions)
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- With the mark on the verso of prints sold by CLB through Justin Skrebowski
- Prints and Drawings
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