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below image, at left: Cor. Cornelij Harlemen / inuentor. / & Johan. Muller sculptor; below image, at right: Harmannus Muller / excudebat Amsterodamj; below image: Impius, eccè, Cain fratrem ingulauit Abelem, / Innocuo humectans sanguine primus hutmum. / Prò dolor! ex illo quot in orbe fuere Tyranni, / Queis terra innocuo tota cruore madet.; by later hand, lower verso in graphite: Kain sodlet Abel; M.C. Cornelis B29; by later hand, right verso in graphite: W/quod

Provenance

Ruth Kainen, Washington, D.C., purchased either 1989 or 1998; [1] Gift to NGA, 2012.

The Kainens bought two impressions of this composition: one on May 15, 1989 from Hill-Stone and another on November 11, 1998 from Helmut Rumbler. There is no clear indication which impression they donated, although one could assume that the Rumbler impression was finer, and so the Kainens donated the later purchase.

Exhibition History
2013
Northern Mannerist Prints from the Kainen Collection, NGA, 2013 - 2014.
Bibliography
1949
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. 8, only
1993
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. (The Muller Dynasty, Jan Piet Filedt Kok, author). Rotterdam: Sound & Vision Interactive, 1996-, no. 29, only
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