Intentus merulis Auceps, sic retia tendit Cauta die, at noctu candelae lumine fallit.74.
Engraving with large margins, paper watermarked, verso in ink W. Wood. Plate 215 x 292mm (8½ x 11½"). Foxing.
Hunting Party on its Way to a Woodcock Hunt; in the foreground, a party of huntsmen descend the steps of a classical villa, carrying crossbows, a bell and an unlit torch; to far left, in the valley below, the party proceeds through a wood; centre, blackbirds resting on a domed building, camouflaged by leave and studded with poles upon which birds of prey are perched, are targeted by the huntsmen; beyond, a castle stands upon a hill. From a series of 104 plates dedicated to the jurist Henricus van Osthoorn en Sonnevelt, "Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium. Pugnae Bestiariorum: & mutuae Bestiarum".
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