1537 - 1612
after Pieter Bruegel the Elder
circa 1525-1530 - 09 Sep 1569
The scene is a Flemish port city threatened by high water. There are also ships in distress on the churning sea. Placed near the centre of the composition, the personification of Hope wears a beehive headdress and balances on an anchor – a symbol of stability and security. She holds a spade and a sickle (the farmer’s hope for a good harvest). The inscription along the bottom reads: ‘Very pleasant is the conviction of hope and most necessary for life, amid many and almost unbearable hardships’.
22.3 x 28.6 cm trimmed to platemark
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2014
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014
Private Collection, United States of America
Swann Auction Galleries, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by the AGNSW from Swann Auction Galleries, 29 April 2014, 'Old Master Through Modern Prints' lot.52
Referenced in 1 publication
F.W.H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts c.1450-1700, Amsterdam, 1949. no.133