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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch (Mühlbracht 1558 - 1617 Haarlem, Netherlands)
The Ignorant Notary
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: The Abuses of the Law
Series/Book Title: Litis Abvsvs
Original Language Title: Door e'scalke bedroch... I Cor.6:8; Pr.20:10, 20:14; Matt.7:12
Work Type
c. 1576
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Engraving printed in black ink on white antique laid paper, darkened to cream
plate: 18.1 × 22.6 cm (7 1/8 × 8 7/8 in.)
sheet: 25.1 × 33 cm (9 7/8 × 13 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: upper margin, brown ink: Jo 99 e.
  • inscription: in plate, adjacent to the figure of the notary and two female figures: Notarius / impericus // Falsitas // Fraus
  • inscription: in plate, on two bundles: [trademarks of merchants]
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, centered: 2.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, to left and right, the first lines of left and right run together as the title: Door escalke bedroch, door valscheit argelistich, / Sed vos inuertam facitis et fraudatis: et hoc fribus. 1. Cor. 6. Nefraudem feceris. Mar. 10. / Abominatio est apud Dum pondus et pondus, statera dolosa non est bona. Pro. 20. / Malum est, mala est, dicit omnis emptor: et cum recesserit, tunc gloriabitur. Pro. 20 / Oiā ergo quecunq vultis ut faciant vobis homines: et vos facite illis. Matth. 7. // ooc door scryuers zot werdt de Coopman meest twistich. / Sunder ir thūd unrecht, und versorteilen, und solichs an den bruederen. .I. Corint. 6. / Den Herren ists ein greuwel zweierley gewicht, und ein falsce wag ist ein boesz ding. / Es ist boesz spricht der, der etwas kauft: so es aber im wirt so lobt ers. Prou. 20 / Alles nun das ir wollend dz euch die leut thůn sollend, dasz thund auch ir inen. Math. 7.
  • inscription: verso, graphite: 64.2003
  • collector's mark: verso, blue stamp with graphite numbering within: MC [monogram; Marjorie Cohn] 02
  • watermark: Grapes?
Library of Rouche-Guyon. Album of multiple sets auctioned off, c. 2002, at Hotel Drouot, purchased by Proute
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
New Hollstein 187, The Illustrated Bartsch 160l
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Loan in honor of Robert and Barbara Wheaton
Object Number
European and American Art
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