Old Masters, Falconer, Engelbrecht, Antique Print, Augsburg, 18th Century

Date Created: 03 October 2018

Author: Martin Engelbrecht (1684-1756) (artist and engraver)

Source: The Internet

Owner: George Glazer Gallery

Location: New York, USA

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Old Masters, Falconer, Engelbrecht, Antique Print, Augsburg, 18th Century.


Martin Engelbrecht (1684-1756) (artist and engraver)
Pugnax Praedamque Parans Falco/ Le Faucon Courageux et Chassant, Plate 4
[Falcon Preparing for the Hunt/ The Brave Hunting Falcon]
Augsburg: 2nd Quarter 18th Century
Hand-colored engraving with stippling
13.25 x 18.75 inches, overall
11.5 x 7.5 inches, plate mark

Falcon hunting scene showing a falconer and his assistant in the foreground with three birds, while behind them a group of onlookers point to the sky where another falcon is attacking a heron or egret midair. The falconer wears a three-cornered hat with a cockade, powdered wig, leather gloves and a sword strapped in a hilt at his hip. His assistant, whose plain clothing indicates a man of lower social status, kneels beside a low rail upon which two falcons wearing hoods and blinders perch, while handing the falconer a bird with blinders removed. Verses on the bottom in Latin and French marvel that the falcon, a fierce predator that can freely fly through the air, nonetheless obediently returns to the falconer and turns over its prey.

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