Callot (1592—1633), a native of Nancy, France, trained in Florence, “taking up etching and introducing the technical innovation of using a very hard ground on the plate, thus making it possible to vary the thickness of the line, modeling it along its whole course with a dependable ground to work on, he became the first specialist virtuoso etcher [this work provides] the first unromantic pictures of war, exposing its impersonal cruelty, casual violence, and senseless destruction his records of war-torture, rape, burning at the stake, the firing squad-are strikingly believable because he observed decorum, viewed events as dispassionately as only a Frenchman can, and made his figures move as delicately and precisely as deadly insects. Through his technical innovations and the excellence of his drawing he exerted an influence more profound than that of many greater artists”
Rare, 18th century impression from “The Beggars” Recorded in the Lieure Catalogue Resume. These are etched AFTER works by Callot in Reverse by the Dutch 18th Century Etcher W. Van Vliet, Amsterdam. This and others are from suite of etched works published 1820.
Etching on early 18th century laid paper. Specially rare impression of this image found on 18th century paper. This impression is very good. Full sheet as published in the bound form (with 3 holes from the string binding on the outer edge of each sheet), not effecting the work