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An image of Recruitment of troops by Jacques Callot

Jacques Callot

(France 1592 – 24 Mar 1635)

Recruitment of troops, from the suite The Miseries and Misfortunes of War
Alternative title:
Les miseres et les mal-hevrs de la guerre
Media categories
Print, Book
Materials used
ii of 3 states

8.1 x 18.7 cm platemark; 12.5 x 22.2 cm sheet (irreg.); 12.6 x 22.0 x 0.5 cm book

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1963
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

In 1623 Callot was appointed artist at the court of Lorraine under the patronage of Duke Henri II. This series of prints shows aspects of soldiers' lives from the time they enlist until they receive rewards from their commanders. It is based on events of the Thirty Years War (1618-48), a series of conflicts fought principally on the territory of today's Germany, and broadly defined by the struggle between France and the Habsburgs for dominance in Europe. Callot's etching style, characterized by elegant swelling lines, is not unlike that of engraving.

Bibliography (2)

Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 5. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997, 3. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (5)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1963, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Mar 1964–29 Mar 1964

The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980

Le Grand Siècle, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Jun 1997–17 Jul 1997

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014

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