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lower center, in image, in plate: IUSTICIA (Justice); lower margin, in plate: SCOPVS LEGIS ES, AVT VT EV[M] QVE[M] PVNIT EMENDET, AVT POENA / EIVS CAETEROS MELIORES REDDET AVT SVBLATIS MALIS CAETERI SECVRIORES VIVA[N]T. (The aim of law is either to correct him who is punished, or to improve the others by his example, or to provide that the population live more securely by removing wrongdoers.) [translation from Nadine Orenstein, ed., Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001, p. 187.]


(sale, C.G. Boerner, Leipzig,May 7-9, 1928, lot 264); purchased by Lessing J. Rosenwald [1891-1979], Jenkintown, PA (Lugt 1760b); gift to NGA, 1943.


Bastelaer, Rene van. Les estampes de Peter Bruegel l'ancien. Brussels: G. van Oest et Cie, 1908.
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. (Philips Galle, Manfred Sellink and Marjolein Leesberg, authors). Rotterdam: Sound & Vision Interactive, 1996-, no. 312, state only.
Hults, Linda C. The Print in the Western World. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996, 119, 211, fig.2.49, 121.

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