Troop Caravan with Cannon, from Desseins de quelques conduites de troupes canons et attaques de ville faictes par de la Bella

Gerard Valck, Dutch, 1651 - 1726
after Stefano Della Bella, Italian, 1610 - 1664


about 1671

Etching on laid paper

Sheet: 2 1/4 × 4 3/4 in. (5.7 × 12 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Robert Dance, Class of 1977



Place Made: Netherlands, Europe



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Research Area


Not on view


Much like Jacques Callot’s etchings, this series of prints examines the human effects of the Thirty Years War (1618–1648). First designed by the Italian artist Stefano della Bella, who lived in France for much of his life, these prints were made and distributed by the Dutch printmaker Gerard Valck, who replicated the earlier series. Published after the war had ended, these works present a historical record of discrete moments from the long-lasting struggle, focusing on unnamed villages and towns. The prints highlight the suffering of a few figures in the foreground against a background that alludes to the extent of the trauma experienced across the European continent.

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

Course History

Anthropology 3.01, Introduction to Anthropology, Charis Ford Morrison Boke 1, Summer 2023

Studio Art 27.01/28.01/74.01, Printmaking I/II/III, Josh Dannin, Summer 2024

Exhibition History

Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500-1900, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 23-December 9, 2023.


Robert Dance, New York, New York; given to present collection, 1993.

Catalogue Raisonne

Reverse copy of De Vesme no. 248

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