Cartouche with Scallop Shell and Blank Escutcheon, plate 7 from Raccolta di varii capricii et nove inventioni di cartelle et ornamenti (Collection of Various Caprices and Nine Inventions of Plaques and Ornaments)

Stefano Della Bella, Italian, 1610 - 1664



Etching mounted on wove paper

Sheet: 7 9/16 × 7 5/16 in. (19.2 × 18.6 cm)

Sheet (Irreg.): 12 1/4 × 9 3/16 in. (31.1 × 23.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift in memory of Mrs. Harvey Fisk by her children



François Langlois, il Ciartres, Paris


Place Made: Italy, Europe



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Research Area


On view


Inscribed, in plate, lower left: Stef. Della Bella in. fecit; inscribed, in plate, lower right: F.L.D Il Ciartres excud. Cum Priuil. Regis Chris.; inscribed, in graphite, on paper support, lower left: Stefano della Bella. [underscored] / Born at Florence, 1610. / Fellow pupil of Callot. / "No artist has handled / the etching point with / more facility and finesse." / Duplessis [underscored]; inscribed, in graphite, on paper support, lower right: Designed and etched / By Della Bella. [underscored]

Exhibition History

Living with Sculpture: Presence and Power in Europe, 1400–1750, Citrin Family Gallery and Engles Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 23, 2024–March 22, 2025.


Elizabeth Richmond Fisk (1885-1966) [Mrs. Harvey Edward Fisk], Woodstock, Vermont; to her children, Elizabeth Fisk Tyler (1912-1978), Margaretta Fisk Paine (1915-1952); Ursula Fisk Clough (1917-1989), and Anne Fisk Howe (1921-2001), 1966; given to present collection, 1974.

Catalogue Raisonne

Vesme (1971): 1033

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