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  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1656 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vorsterman, Lucas (the elder), born 1595 - died 1675 (artist)
    Vorsterman, Lucas (the younger), born 1624 - died 1666 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 95, shelf D, box 140

Physical description

One of seven etchings on wove paper, after the sheet of studies for the figure of Moses on the vaulting of the Steccata, formerly in the collection of the Earl of Arundel, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)


ca.1656 (made)


Vorsterman, Lucas (the elder), born 1595 - died 1675 (artist)
Vorsterman, Lucas (the younger), born 1624 - died 1666 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signed with monogram and lettered with name of artist


Height: 9.2 cm, Width: 3.8 cm

Descriptive line

Engraving included in a volume containing 43 plates by Nicholas Lanier I (1568-1646) or II (1588-1666) and Lucas Vorsterman I (1595-1675) or II (1624-c.1667), after drawings by Parmigianino, Giulio Romano and others. These impressions were probably printed in the early 19th century, and then bound in the volume, titled 'Lanier's Drawing Book 1656'. This plate, by Vorsterman (I or II) (see Attributions Note), shows the Virgin and Child with St. Stephen, St. John the Baptist and a donor. After a lost preparatory drawing for the painting in the Gemäldegalerie, Dresden.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1964. London: HMSO, 1965.

Production Note

This etching is signed with the monogram 'LV.' According to entries in the note books of George Vertue, English writer, engraver and antiquary (1684-1756), 'LV' refers to Lucas Vorsterman (which could refer to I or II).

Opinion is divided on the authorship of the plates signed with the Vorsterman monogram. Wurzbach and Le Blanc, under Lucas Vorsterman II, include an unspecified number of plates after Old Master drawings in the collections of Nicholas Lanier. One of the present plates (E.414) is listed by Hymans as by Lucas I. Certainly the remainder of the plates E.414, 423 are both ascribed to Lucas II by Copertini (Vol.2, p.61), but there seems to be no evidence that the latter, born in 1624, was working in 1636 at the age of 12; most of his work dates from after 1650.


Wove paper


Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Religion (concept); Judaism; Leaders




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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