This is an etching by the noted etcher, draftsman and painter of the Dutch Golden Age, ANTHONIE WATERLOO (1609-1690), the area within the margin line measuring approximately 3 1/2" by 5 1/2". According to paperwork that accompanied the print when I acquired it, the title of this particular image is "River Landscape with a Village, Figures, and a Boat"; furthermore this is said to be a second state etching, listed in the Bartsch II catalogue as number 11. Waterloo was a prolific and talented etcher, and a well-traveled artist, for his time, (mostly northern Europe, but he possibly visited Italy) yet, little seems to be known about his life. He was a friend of the artist Jan Weenix apparently. Waterloo painted and drew landscapes but he seems to be best known today for his etching images, which are said to number either 126 or 136 in sum. Even in his own time he was especially well regarded for his depictions of trees. The present example is in reasonable condition but there are a few issues to be mentioned: there's a very small hole in the sky at center, above the roof, that looks almost like a bird in the sky---not a problem if you're interested in this for the artist, image, age, and so forth. If you're a print dealer, you might choose to seek a more perfect example. There is a thinned area in upper right corner, visible only from the reverse side. Margins are tightly trimmed. There is a watermark when the paper is held up to bright light. Several small brownish discolored areas, all small, can be seen in a few of the images. On the reverse in pencil are a number of very old handwritten notations, including the words "Nemetalfoldi" and "Tibori"---I'm thinking it might be Hungarian or otherwise eastern European. This provides some little hint as to the generations of collectors, in many countries, who might have owned and handled this little piece of paper over hundreds of years. See the net for many more images of Waterloo's work. The Getty Museum collection includes many works by the artist, and the museum has published online a small biography. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORDS
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