May 06, 2021 - Sale 2566

Sale 2566 - Lot 49

Price Realized: $ 4,680
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
Bust of a Woman.

Color etching, 1770. 264x208 mm; 10 1/4x8 1/4 inches. With the artist's ink stamp (Lugt 2725, verso). Trimmed on the plate mark. A superb impression of this extremely scarce, early color etching.

Likely a portrait of Maria Tesselschade Visscher (1594-1649), the Dutch poet and engraver and daughter of the humanist Roemer Visscher. She and her sister Anna Visscher were the only female members of the Muiderkring, the group of Dutch Golden Age intellectuals who met at Muiden Castle. Maria is often characterized as a muse of the group and attracted the admiration of its male members, such as its organizer Pieter Hooft, as well as Constantijn Huygens, Daniel Heinsius and Jacob Cats.