Jacques Callot, ‘Les Grandes Miseres de la Guerre: the set of 18’, 1633, Harris Schrank Fine Prints

Jacques Callot (1592-1635), Les Grandes Miseres de la Guerre, etchings, 1633, the complete set of 18. Lieure 1339-56, the frontispiece third state (of 3), the remaining impressions second state (of 3). In very good condition, with narrow or thread margins, c. 3 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.


Unidentified collector (blue oval stamp on mat, not in Lugt)

Fine early impressions, half with the Cornet watermark (Lieure 44) Lieure notes as characteristic of the early first or second state impressions. The first state is extremely rare according to Lieure (RRRR); in the third state (for Lieure 13340-56) the name Israel (Israel ex. Cum Pruilegio Regis) was effaced and replaced by the “Callot inv.et fec.”

Callot’s Disasters series remains one of the hallmarks of early 17th C. printmaking; and of course it’s relevance to political and social life has never diminished.

About Jacques Callot

One of the first artists to focus solely on the graphic arts, Jacques Callot produced drawings and etchings that drew influence from Flemish art and Mannerist works in Roman churches. Callot’s career began in Florence in 1612 when he started work in the Medici court, where he was employed to make pictorial records of entertainments such as fairs and festivals, and where he also drew and etched courtiers, beggars, and other characters, excelling particularly at caricatures. Returning to his native France in the latter end of his career, Callot’s work became markedly more sober as he documented the horrors of the Thirty Years’ War in his “Miseries of War” series, which would continue to influence the artistic representation of conflict social injustice into the 19th and 20th centuries.

French, 1592-1635, Nancy, France, based in Nancy, France