Jan van de VELDE II: The Market
Etching and engraving, 95 x 1270 mm and 95 x 1260 mm. Hollstein 139 to 146, 1st state (of 2); Franken-Kellen 100 to 107.
Uniform set of the two complete series in 1st state impressions, published by Jan van de Velde II, before the address of Claes Jansz. Visscher.
Extremely rare complete set consisting of two series of four plates each intended to be joined together in two strips.
Superb impressions printed on laid paper.
These two panoramas spectacular by their format and the richness of the details offer the animated spectacle of a market day. We notice a charlatan surrounded by a crowd of onlookers, merchants of pipes and tobacco, fruits and vegetables, fish, cheese, cattle, many customers who have come to see the goods or to stroll, converse or sit on the grass. Pilgrims approach them, children play together or fight. Eddy de Jongh observes that market scenes, which had been very popular in the Netherlands since the 16th century, were depicted more realistically in the 17th century, especially in the prints by Pieter van der Borcht and Jan van Velde.