Callot, Jacques.


De Droeve Ellendigheden van den Oorloogh. Seer aerdigh en konstigh Asgebeeldt door ... Loreyns Edelman ... [Amsterdam], Gerret van Schagen N.d. c.[1730].
Complete with 18 etched plates including title page. Cropped, (3.5 x 7.5) mounted and with the exception of plate 18 with later hand colouring. Some browning, stained, disbound, enclosed in worn C19th morocco boards, lacking backstrip and boards detached. Brunet I, 1489 (First Edition). Dutch edition of Callot's most famous suite: Les Miseres et malheurs de la guerre Translates: The miseries and misfortunes of war originally published in France in 1633. Brutally honest depicting soldiers pillaging and burning their way through towns, country and convents, before being variously arrested and executed by their superiors, lynched by peasants, or surviving to live as crippled beggars. At the end the generals are rewarded by their monarch. During 1633, the year the larger set was published, Lorraine had been invaded by the French during the Thirty Years' War and Callot's artwork is still noted with inspiring Goya's The Disasters of War. Goya owned a series of the prints, as among the most powerful artistic statements of the inhumanity of war.
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