“Hagar and Ishmael Saved by an Angel of God”. FIRST/ONLY STATE, w. monogram, dated 1563. Based on the story of Abraham and Sara expelling Hagar and Ishmael, Genesis 21. Conceptual Artist: Cornelis Bos, c.1555. Engraver: most likely Monogrammist HP with dagger, identified as Heinrich Paludanus in the school of Frans Floris. Publisher: unknown. Reference: Nagler Monogrammisten, #1331, p. 525. Few works of this mono-grammist survive. See his “Allegory of Caritas” in the National Museum in Warsaw. Image is unmounted on laid paper, cut just inside the plate, 9.75″ x 7.75″. Sharp and detailed impression; soiled towards the bottom, w. moderate foxing (see pics). Verso: evidence of framing to top corners, w. soiling and foxing. An elegant, multi-storied example of this little known “unknown artist”. Caption in Dutch or Old Frisian (West German). Plate w. numbers 74 and 53 (in pen), bottom right.
Engraving and COA set in a large museum-quality Bifold Portfolio of linen cloth and silk moire, within archival sleeves; COA on premium “gold leaf” paper with gold seal and signature.