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Autumn

1570

Artist
Hans Bol (1534-1593)

Engraver
Pieter van der Heyden (ca. 1530-after 1572)

Publisher
Hieronymus Cock (ca.1510-1570)

Engraving

Height: 22.8 cm (plate mark); Width: 28.7 cm (plate mark);

Inscription
Inscription, inscribed, printed, lower centre margin & recto:
AVTVMNVS
Virilitatis tÿpus.

Inscription, inscribed, printed, lower right within image & recto:
Cock. excu.

Inscription, inscribed, printed, lower left within image & recto:
H. Bol.

Inscription, inscribed, printed, lower right margin & recto:
Dat musto granidas Autumnus pomifer unas.


Inscription, inscribed, printed, lower left margin & recto:
Septembri, Octobri Autumnus, totóque Nouémbri.

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978
G.1978.PG.4

About this work
Rather than reproducing a painting, this Renaissance print, published by Hieronymus Cock (1510-70), is conceived as a work in its own right. Pig slaughtering, which traditionally took place in autumn, dominates the foreground, while various activities associated with harvesting populate the background. Details such as the troughs of boiling water used to remove the pigs’ hair underline the illustrative character of the image. The Latin inscription, which describes the gifts of autumn, firmly places the peasants’ labours within the cycle of the seasons. (Permanent collection label)



Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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