Jacques Callot, published by Israël Silvestre (1621-1691). The Boat Ride
, from Paysages gravés pour Jean de Médicis
, c.1618 (later impression). Etching (2nd state), 120 x 249 mm. University Art Gallery (2010.1.209)
University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
DescriptionIsraël Henriet travelled to Italy and studied engraving with Antonio Tempesta. Although a talented draftsman, he made very few prints and, once he settled in Paris in 1622, became very active in the publication of prints. He built his notoriety as a print publisher thanks to artists such as Jacques Callot, Stefano della Bella and François Collignon. His nephew and godson, Israël Silvestre, inherited his plates in 1661 and continued the business. Silvestre’s name, followed by excudit, is often seen on Callot’s prints and indicates that the image was printed under his supervision, even after Callot’s death. In this print, from the series Paysages gravés pour Jean de Médicis, his signature is followed by the copyright line of the time, Cum Privilegio Regis (“With the King’s privilege”). This royal permission shows that temporary (and irregular) restrictions were attempted to protect a print from being copied or imitated. Silvestre also credits the inventor and maker of the plate (Callot in. f. in the lower left).