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in plate, on cartouche at center: Muscarum Scarabe= / orum, Vermiumque Varie Figure & / Formae, omnes primo ad vivum colo= / ribus depictae & ex Collectione Arun= / delian a Weceslao Hollar aquaforta aeri / insculptae, Atuerpiae, Anno, 1646. (Varied figures and shapes of flies, beetles and worms, all for the first time depicted from the life with their colours and engraved on copper with acid by Wenceslas Hollar from the Arundeliana collection at Antwerp in the year 1646); in plate, at bottom of cartouche: WHollar fecit 1646.; verso, lower left, in graphite, by a later hand: P. 2164; verso, lower right, in graphite, by a later hand: 637

Provenance

Count Giuseppe Archinto [1783-1861], Milan (Lugt 52); Arkady Alferoff [1811-1872], Bonn (Lugt 1727); Rudolf Philip Goldschmidt [c.1840-1914], Berlin (Lugt 2926); (C.G. Boerner, Leipzig, July 7, 1928, lot 637); purchased by Lessing J. Rosenwald [1891-1979], 1928; gift to NGA, 1943.

Bibliography
1982
Pennington, Richard. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar 1607-1677. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982, no. 2164, state i/ii.
1996
The New Hollstein German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, 1400-1700. (Wenceslaus Hollar, Simon Turner, author). Rotterdam: Sound & Vision Interactive, 1996-, no. 913, state i/ii.
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