The collection’s title invokes the legacy of French artist Jacques Callot (1592-1635), considered among the foremost printmakers in the Western tradition and very influential on later generations. His subjects were wide ranging, including genre series of figures in different costumes and poses, sometimes referred to as “grotesques” for the hunchbacks, beggars and marginal members of society depicted. These series include the Caprices, the Fantasies and Italian Vagabonds.
Il Callotto appeared first in Amsterdam in 1716 in a multilingual edition in German, French and Dutch printed by Wilhelm Engelbert Koning, with different border designs and signed plates. The plates offered here, from the Augsburg edition, are unsigned, bearing only the Imperial privilege.
Joost van Sasse was a Dutch engraver and cartographer in Amsterdam.
Andries van Buysen and P. van Buysen were Dutch engravers active in Amsterdam. They were probably brothers.
Elias Baeck (also called Heldenmuth) was a German painter and etcher in Augsburg. He studied art in Rome and came to Venice in 1705. Subsequently he lived Laibach, and finally settled in Augsburg. He painted and engraved portraits, landscapes and historical subjects such as battles and coronations.
Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, with minor remaining toning and wear. Margins a bit short — cut within the plate mark and slightly irregular — apparently typical for this work and still handsome for display, particularly as they may be floated when framed.
Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs. France: Librairie Gründ, 1966. Vol. 1, p. 335 (Baeck); Vol. 2, pp. 231 (van Buysen); Vol. 2, pp. 263-264 (Callot); Vol. 7, p. 531 (van Sasse).
“Dwarf as a Turkish Pasha.” Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2000-2019. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/207244 (17 July 2019).
Hind, Arthur M. A History of Etching and Engraving from the 15th Century to the Year 1914. London: Constable and Co., 1927. pp. 158-160.
“Il Callotto resuscitato, oder, Neu eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet.” Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 2012.
http://brbl-dl.library.yale.edu/vufind/Record/3992901 (21 June 2016).
“Jacques Callot.” International Fine Print Dealers Association. http://www.printdealers.com/artist_template.cfm?id=227 (22 March 2005).
“Lot 18: Callotto Resuscitato.” 10 December 2010. Sotheby’s. http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2010/books-manuscripts-n08696/lot.18.html