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Lairesse, Gérard de, 1640–1711

Gerardi de Lairesse, Leodiensis pictoris, Opus elegantissimum.

Additional Title(s):

Opus elegantissimum

Amsteladami : Per Nicolaum Visscher ... editum, [ca. 1690?]
Physical Description:
[56] double leaves of plates : all ill. ; 52 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2012 23
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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Comprises a frontispiece portrait of Lairesse, followed by a series of prints predominantly by him, along with engravings by his students or contemporaries. Almost all known copies of the work exhibit differences in content and order. There are four known states. The first bears the imprint of N. Visscher; the second and third, that of G. Valck (in the third the plates are numbered); the fourth, that of P. or L. Schenck. See: Timmers.
"Le style de la gravure [of the frontispiece portrait of Lairesse] est celui des années 75 ... mais la planche n'a certainment pas été publiée à cette date-là, mais après 1690, lorsque Laraisse vendit toutes ses planches à Nicolas Visscher, qui fit alors ajouter le portrait de Lairesse par une autre main et s'en servit comme frontispiece de l'album comportant la majorité des gravures du maître."--Roy.
Also includes ingravings by Abraham de Blois, Abraham Blooteling, Jacob Gole, and Johannes Willemsz. Munnickhuysen.
Date of publication from Roy.
Engraved title page included in foliation. Other title pages by Lairesse included amongst the engravings.
Each plate carries Visscher's privilege: Ordin. General. Belgii Foderati.
Roy, A. Gérard de Lairesse, 1640-1711 G.92
Timmers, J.J.M. Gérard Lairesse, p. 83, p. 127
BAC: British Art Center copy comprises 116 engravings on 57 sheets. A complete inventory of the plates present in the BAC copy is available in the object file (viewable upon request). Plates bear the imprint of Nicolas Visscher. Title page is the third state containing the engraved medallion with the motto "Vivitur/Ingenio." Bound in later green half morocco and marbled boards. With the armorial bookplate of Sir Robert Throckmorton, Baronet.
Subject Terms:
Engraving -- 17th century -- Netherlands.
Engravings, Dutch -- Early works to 1800.
Lairesse, Gérard de, 1640-1711.
Throckmorton, Robert -- Bookplate.
Engravings -- 1690.
Armorial Bookplates (Provenance)
Visscher, Nicolaes, 1649-1702, publisher.
Blois, Abraham de, fl. 1679-1720, engraver.
Blooteling, Abraham, 1640-1690, engraver.
Gole, Jacob, 1660?-1737?, engraver.
Munnickhuysen, Johannes Willemsz., engraver.
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