Matham, Theodor (1605-1676) after Venne, Adriaen van de (1589-1662)

Two dogges strive vor a bone, and the thirt taket it awaij (Alle de Wercken van den heere Jacob Cats…, 1655)

Proverb turned into an emblem by van de Venne and then put into print by Matham: “While two dogs are fighting for a bone, a third runs away with it”. In the center of the composition, two dogs fighting and a third in the foreground leaves with a bone in his mouth. On the left a couple overlooking. On the right, two men fencing. Titled on a cartouche below: “Two dogges strive vor a bone, and the thirt taket it a way – Als er twee vechten om een been / Daer krijght et licht een derd alleen.”; signed on the bottom: ‘A.V. Venne inve. / Matham fe.’ From “Alle de Wercken van den heere Jacob Cats…”, published from 1655 onwards.

Engraving on paper, below and on the verso text in letterpress, plate mark: 134 x 135 mm; total: 150 x 142 mm. Only state.

Incl. BTW  96,80

Excl. BTW  80,00