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  • Place of origin:

    Stuttgart (Printed)

  • Date:

    1617 (Printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hulsen, Esaias Van, born 1570 (Printmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving with etching

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 22

Physical description

A silhouette style design for goldsmith's ornament. The image depicts, at its centre, an owl sat on a perch. The owl is surrounded by an array of other creatures including several species of birds and insects, a dog, lizards, lobsters and some other chimerical animals.

Place of Origin

Stuttgart (Printed)


1617 (Printed)


Hulsen, Esaias Van, born 1570 (Printmaker)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving with etching

Marks and inscriptions

Signed along the lower portion of the plate:

'E - V - H - F'


Height: 11.0 cm Cut to, Width: 11.4 cm Cut to

Descriptive line

Print by Esaias van Hulsen, plate from a suite of 6 designs for goldsmith's ornament, Dutch, 1617

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

Guilmard, D., Les Maîtres Ornemanistes, Paris, 1880-1881, p.391, 9 (3).
(Berlin II) Berlin Staatlich Museen., Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Berlin and Leipzig, 1936-39, 656.
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1928. London: HMSO, 1929




Etching; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Owls; Birds; Butterflies; Snails; Peacocks; Cocks; Dogs; Lizards


Ornament prints; Prints; Designs; Animals and Wildlife


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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