The Lion Hunt

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper, tipped onto cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper, tipped onto cream laid paper.




Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert (Dutch, active in Flanders, c. 1586–1659)
after Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640)

About this artwork

Peter Paul Rubens was very particular about the prints made after his paintings, though he embraced the increased fame that they afforded him. Schelte Bolswert’s engraving of The Lion Hunt ably captures the roiling energy of Rubens’s painting. The older artist proudly discussed this painting in a 1621 letter: “I have almost finished a large picture, entirely by my hand, and in my opinion one of my best, representing a Lion Hunt, with the figures life-sized.” Given the printing process’s usual reversing effect, Rubens may have specifically requested that this engraving appear in the same direction as the painting.

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Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert


The Lion Hunt






Engraving in black on cream laid paper, tipped onto cream laid paper


Printed across lower edge of image: ""P. P. Rubens pinxit."; "Cum privilegijs Regis Christianissimi, Serenissimæ Infantis, et Ordinum Confoederatorum"; "S. à Bolswert sculp. et excud."; center, below image, in plate: "Excellentissimo Heroi ALEXANDRO CROY, CHIMAY, D'ARENBERGHE Principi S. Imperij et Chimaij. Comiti de Beaumont. Baroni de Comines Hallewyn et Estroeng. Domino Terrae Pariatusq Avesnensis, Esclaibes, Weert Nederweert, Wissem et Dei / gratia Supremarum urbium terrarumque de Fumay et Revin. Primo Pari Ditionis Comitatusq Hannoníensis. Esquiti Aurei velleris, a Concilio Belli, Tribuno Legionis Germanicae pro Rege Catholico, Picturae Sculpturaeq admiratori, Dño suo / S. à Bolswert D.C."; inscribed lower right of the secondary support, in pen and black ink: "2827"(crossed out); lower center, in graphite: "B3"


409 × 586 mm (image); 425 × 590 mm (primary support, trimmed within platemark); 496 × 680 mm (secondary support)

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The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

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