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lower left, in image, in plate: BRVGEL. INV; lower center, in image, in plate: SPES (Hope); lower right, in image, in plate: H. cock excu.; lower margin, in plate: IVCVNDISSIMA EST SPEI PERSVASIO, ET VITAE IMPRIMIS / NECESSARIA, INTER TOT AERVMNAS PENEQ[UE] INTOLERABILES. (Very pleasant is the conviction of hope and [it is] most necessary for life, amid many and almost unbearable hardships.) [translation from Nadine Orenstein, ed., Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001, p. 185.]

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. 310, state only.
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