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Title

Hope

circa 1559

Artists

Philip Galle

Netherlands

1537 – 1612

after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Flanders

circa 1525-1530 – 09 Sep 1569

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Spes
    Date
    circa 1559
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    engraving
    Edition
    only state
    Dimensions
    22.3 x 28.6 cm trimmed to platemark
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2014
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    167.2014
    Artist information
    Philip Galle

    Works in the collection

    3

    Artist information
    after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    Works in the collection

    4

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  • About

    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’.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    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

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