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  • Place of origin:

    France (Designed)
    London (Probably, Printed)

  • Date:

    c. 1590-1623 (Designed)
    late 19th century - 1911 (Printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hurtu, Jacques (Printmaker)
    Unknown (Printmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blackwork engraving

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 9, box D

Place of Origin

France (Designed)
London (Probably, Printed)


c. 1590-1623 (Designed)
late 19th century - 1911 (Printed)


Hurtu, Jacques (Printmaker)
Unknown (Printmaker)

Materials and Techniques

Blackwork engraving

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in pen and ink, lower centre:
'New impression of a plate in my collection/ Max Rosenheim'

Object history note

This print and printing plate were acquired from the Rosenheim collection sale in 1923 and at the time were attributed by the museum to Hurtu. This attribution was undoubtedly suggested by the lot description in the Rosenheim sale catalogue (7th-8th May 1923) in which they are described as being in the 'style of Hurtu'. However, there seems little to substantiate this; the composition departs quite radically from the rest of Hurtu's oeuvre, whose designs are typically more elaborate and feature conventionally engraved details alongside central blackwork engraved motifs. This composition more strongly ressembles the blackwork prints of Adriaen Collaert.

Descriptive line

Engraving, blackwork (niello). Impression taken from original copper printing plate ca. 1590-1623 engraved with ornamental design. European.

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

Rosenheim collections: engraved ornament including goldsmith's work, jewellery, furniture, architecture, interior decoration, book ornament, writing books, Sotheby's (London), May 7 and 8, 1923, p. 25, lot 185.
'185. Original Copper Plate, Style of Hurtu, c. 1620, with a modern impression'
Christie, R., 'Blackwork Prints. Designs for Enamelling', Print Quarterly, Vol. V, No. 1, 1988:3-19 (illus. fig. 22).

Subjects depicted



Ornament prints; Printmaking techniques


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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