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Frederick de Vries


in plate, in cartouche: Thoodorico Frisio Pictori rgrogio/aput Vonctos amicitiæ et iliJ absentis/repræsontandi gratia D. D. [I dedicate this work to the outstandingpainter Dirck de Vries in Venice and present to him his absent son.]; and in the lower margin, lower left: Quid tabula hoe capiat, fors non apis: en tibi paucis/Montom. Simplicitas quorit amatqz fidom.; lower right: Fida canis, simploxqz puor, quos Goltzius aptò/Vivero Phidiaca fecit in oro manu./P. Scriiverius. [Perchance you do not understand what this print means. Here is the meaning in a few words. Simplicity seeks and loves fidelity. The faithful dog and the simple boy, whom Goltzius has brought to life in copper with a skillful hand, like that of Phidias.


lower left: Cum privil. Sa. Cæ. M./Anno 1597./HG


verso, collector's stamp in red: H.F.S. [Henry F. Sewall; Lugt 1309]; purple Parker Collection MFA stamp with accession number in ink: 7264 [Lugt 1870]; in graphite: Fi.P


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

Young Son of Theodoric Frisius


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 190; Hollstein 218

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