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possibly Anna Fullings (Goltzius's Mother)


in plate, in margin below portrait, in reverse: Damnosa quid non imminuit dies:/Aetas parentum peior auis, tulit/Nos nequiores: mox daturos/Progeniem vitiosiorem. [What deterioration comes with each passing day/Our parents' era even more than that of our forebears/has made us still less fit, causing us to produce even more defective progeny]


in reverse, lower right: HGoltzius fecit


verso, collector's stamp in black, in palette: 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: 7269 [Lugt 1870]; in graphite: Agatha Scholier Huyvrouw van/Christian Bar[?] Schoonmoeder/van Hendrick Goltzius; 210;[?]; 2


Before 1877, Rev. J. Burleigh James, Knowbury Park, Shropshire, England; his collection dispersed at Sotheby's, London, 1877. Henry F. Sewell (1816-1896, New York); November, 1897, Sewell collection purchased for the MFA by Harvey D. Parker.

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection

formerly thought to be Catharina Dekker, or Agatha Scholier

about 1583

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 210, Hollstein 225

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Engraving (counterproof)


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