Incautas Anglus tenebrosa nocte Volucres Exturbat nidis Auceps: consistere ramis Ne possint, baculis abigit, flammisque fatigat; Lassata donec potiatur denique praeda.82.
Engraving with large margins, paper watermarked. Plate 196 x 266mm (7¾ x 10½"). Slight stain on right & creasing.
The Catching of Night Owls; in the left foreground, three huntsmen are seated around a lantern, two holding burning torches; in the midground, huntsmen carrying cages beat the trees in which the birds nest, while the birds perch on sticks placed there to facilitate their capture; in the background, to the right, a tree burns. 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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