Antique Bible Print-V.T.36-DAGON-HEAD-ARM-GOD-ASHDOD-PRIEST-Halma-Scheits-1710

Price: € 34,50

Subject: Plate V.T.36, titled: Dagon tombe devant l'Arche / Dagon legt gevallen voor de Arke (Dagon lies fallen in front of the temple). I Rois.V.2,4-5. The caption is erroneous: I Samuel V is meant. This plate shows Dagon's head and his arms are lying in the temple beside his trunk.
Condition: Good, given age. A long, repaired tear in the left edge of the image, backed with acid-free archival tape. A smaller tear in the bottom margin backed with contemporary paper and acid-free archival tape. Left edge uneven from binding. General age-related toning and/or occasional light soiling from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Medium: Original copperplate etching/engraving on a verge type handlaid paper.
Size (in cm): The overall size is ca. 20.5 x 26.5 cm. The image size is ca. 17.5 x 22 cm.
Size (in inch): The overall size is ca. 8.1 x 10.4 inch. The image size is ca. 6.9 x 8.7 inch.
Part Number: 37398
Location: C242-37
Description: This plate originates from: 'Tableaux de vieux et nouveau testament. / Afbeeldzels van 't oude en nieuwe testament.' (transl: Images of the old and new testament.), published in Amsterdam by Francois Halma, 1710. This bible is generally refered to as the Scheits print-bible, after the artist who designed the plates.

Artists and Engravers: Few plates have reference to the engraver or artist. Some have J. Lamsveld or A. van Buysen or T. Doesburgh indicated as the engraver after M. Scheits. Matthias Scheits (c. 1625-c. 1700) was a German painter and draughtsman. He studied in Hamburg and in the northern Netherlands, where he was a pupil of Philips Wouwerman. His approach to painting was sketchy, divesting his subjects of solemnity and pomp. The generally cheerful scenes are surrounded by dimly lit space with an atmospheric landscape. His works include familiar Dutch genre themes, soldiers at their encampment, music at home, but he also executed religious subjects, notably in 152 drawings for engravings for this illustrated Bible.