Le Pillage et l'incendie d'un village (Plundering and Burning of Village), Plate 4 from the series Les Petites Misères de la Guerre (The Small Miseries of War)

Jacques Callot, French, 1592 - 1635


about 1632; published 1636

Etching on laid paper

Sheet: 2 3/16 × 4 9/16 in. (5.6 × 11.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Adolph Weil Jr., Class of 1935



Israël Henriet, Paris


Place Made: France, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, within image, lower left: 4 Israel ex.; inscribed, in plate, within image, lower center: Cum Priuil. Reg.


The Small Miseries picture individual moments of civilians’ suffering during the Thirty Years War. In this print, soldiers violently attack a village. As flames consume the buildings, soldiers chase and chop at the townspeople. Though minute in scale, the image incorporates numerous parallel lines that offer a sense of movement and urgency to the representation. The faces of the murderous soldiers and their victims, however, remain invisible, focusing the viewer’s attention on the villagers’ fearful flight from war.

From the 2023 exhibition Recording War: Images of Violence 1500 – 1900, curated by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming

Exhibition History

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, May 20-August 20, 2023.

Publication History

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. 32.

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.


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.

Catalogue Raisonne

Lieure 1336; Meaume 561

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