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below image: Dum vigiles ovium pastores cura teneret, / Angelicas cernunt caeli per inania turmas / Laudibus ob genitum caeles tem extollere Patrem. / Salvatorem orbis, talique applandere cantu: / Summa Deo in superis reddatur gloria: terras / Pax hominesque beet, quibus est syncera voluntas. / Abrahamus Bloemaert Inven. I. Saenredam sculp. / Iac. Razet divulgavit et strenuo humanijsimoque viro D. Petro Mathiae Reipubl. Amsterredam. Scabino meritijsimo amicitiae ergo D. D. ipso Natali Di. Ao. 1599 / SHS; stamped on verso: 248

Provenance

Pierre Mariette, Paris [1634-1716] (Lugt 1788). Nicola Francesco Haym, London [1679-1729]. George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer, Althorp [1758-1834] (Lugt 2341a). Ruth Kainen, Washington, D.C. (not in Lugt); Gift to NGA, 2012.

Bibliography
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Hollstein, F.W.H. et al. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. Vols. I-XV, XVIII, XIX. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger: no. 24, i/ii