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Two men shearing sheep within a pen outside a farm built into an ancient wall; representing summer. Etching, 16--, by P. Nolpe after P. Potter.

  • Potter, Paulus, 1625-1654.
[between 1600 and 1699]
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About this work


One of the shearers is an older man and the other is younger, hence the lettering: we learn to shear sheep in summer, because if we do not, we might as well shear pigs. Beyond, right, a vast landscape over a valley, looking towards mountains


[Amsterdam] : F. de Wit excudit, [between 1600 and 1699]

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 39.7 x 51.8 cm


Aestas. Het schape scheren geeft profijt, en ijder wil het leeren, Maer die hem sonder schapen lijt, die magh de varkens scheren. Le profit apprend à paistre, & à tondre les moutons: Mais qui n'a moutons à paistre, il peut tondre ses cochons. P.Potter inventor ; Pieter Nolpe fecit ; F. de Wit excudit

Lettering note

Bears number: 2


Wellcome Library no. 2970772i


  • Latin

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