[Two men seated at a table.]
F. de Wit Exc. [lower centre of image.]
Mezzotint, scarce, 265 x 220mm (10½ x 8½"). Cut to image.
A man sits disconsolately at a table, absent-mindedly toying with his snuffbox, with a friend looking at him across the table and a standing figure holding a straw-covered wine bottle. Engraved by Dutch mezzotinter Jan van Somer (c.1645-99) after Gerard Ter Borch's 'Scene at an Inn' (c. 1648/50, private collection). Unusually, Van Somer also made another print of the same scene, but in reverse. It has been said of the painting from which this print derives that 'no painting in Ter Borch's oeuvre conveys with such overwhelming power the emotion of loneliness and despair'. The model for the seated figure on the right was a member of the Spanish delegation to Munster for the signing of the 1648 treaty which made the United Netherlands independent from Spain. The same sitter appears in Ter Borch's famous painting of the ratification of that treaty.
Hollstein: 62; for the painting see 'Gerard ter Borch' (NGA, Washington, 2005, cat.15).
[Ref: 23133] £220.00