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Child Seated on a Skull, Blowing Bubbles Allegory of Transience)


in plate, lower center, on parapet: QVUIS EVADETs; in lower margin, left: Momento breuis haec, certeq obnoxia morti/Vita, qausi fumus, bullula, flosq perit./Cur ergo teneris prôh stulti fidimus añis!/Cur non sponte mori discimus ante diem!; right: Excussa blandæ carnis, dum vita superstes,/Compede, post mortem liberiore gradu/Spiritus astra petet, iam sedem vbi ficerat ante,/Ciuemq agnoscet catica turba suum


lower center, above parapet: HGoltzius excud.


watermark [not identified]; verso: collector's stamp in black: JBJ [Rev. J. Burleigh James; Lugt 1425]; collector's stamp in red: H.F.S. [Henry F. Sewall; Lugt 1309]; purple Parker Collection MFA stamp with accession number in ink: 7302 [Lugt 1870]


Mid 19th century, Rev. J. Burleigh James (Knowlbury Park, Shropshire, England), collection dispersed 1877. Henry F. Sewell (1816-1896, New York); November, 1897, Sewell collection purchased for the MFA by Harvey D. Parker.

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Harvey D. Parker Collection

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Bartsch 011 (unidentified artist after Goltzius)

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