Inscribed, in plate, within image, lower left: 1. / Israel ex. Cum priuil. Reg.
Between 1618 and 1648, several European nations clashed in what became known as the Thirty Years War. Nominally a dispute about religious freedom, the conflict enabled the French, Swedish, Germans, and Spanish to jockey against one another for power and territory. Jacques Callot designed two series that called attention to the people drawn into the conflict, including the soldiers themselves. Although tiny, Callot includes details of the troops’ lives, huddled under simple tents in a field. Men gather around a table to smoke and drink, seemingly at ease before the start of battles depicted in the rest of the series. Women and children gather in the background, cooking and mending, tasks essential to the military’s operations. Although the scene seems merry, polearms are silhouetted against the sky, harbingers of bloodshed to come.
From the 2023 exhibition Recording War: Images of Violence 1500 – 1900, curated by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming
Fatal Consequences: Callot, Goya, and the Horrors of War, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 8-December 9, 1990.
Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500-1900, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 23-December 9, 2023.
Timothy Rub, Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, Kelly Pask, "A Gift to the College: The Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil Jr. Collection of Master Prints", Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1998, listed, p.82, no. 29.
Hillard T. Goldfarb and Reva Wolf, Fatal Consquences: Callot, Goya, and the Horrors of War, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1990, p. 82, p. 14., fig. 1.
Grosjean, Paris, October 27,1930; Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, February 15, 1980, lot 846; sold to Adolph Weil Jr. (1915-1995), Montgomery, Alabama, 1980; given to present collection, 1991.
Lieure 1333; Meaume 558
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