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Guide to the
Louis Durr Print Collection
1513–1835, undated (bulk, 1660s)
 PR 142

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals (2002); updated and migrated to ArchivesSpace by Joseph Ditta (2020).

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 11, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The Louis Durr Print Collection spans the period 1513 to 1835 and contains European engravings.

 Series I. Leaves from the Theatrum Pictorium, 1660s contains 158 disbound leaves from the book of that name (alternately titled  Le theatre des peintures, or  Amphitheatrum picturarum) compiled in the 1660s by the painter David Teniers. A second edition with page numbers was published in 1673. The paintings depicted in the book are from the art collection of Leopold Wilhelm, the Archduke of Austria (1614–1662), Teniers' patron. Most of the painters represented are Italian, and include Titian (circa 1488–1576), Giorgione (1477 or 1478–1510), Polidoro da Lanciano (?–1565), Tintoretto (1518–1594), Paolo Veronese (1528–1588), Andrea Schiavone (circa 1500–1563), Francesco Bassano (circa 1470–circa 1539), Palma il Giovane (1544–1628), Palma il Vecchio (1480?–1528), and Domenico Fetti (circa 1589–1623). Teniers himself made small copies of these paintings from which the engravings were executed. The book includes many different engravers, such as Coryn Boel (1620–1668), Nikolaus van Hoy (1631–1679), Jan van Kessel (1641–1680), Peter van Lisebetten (1630–1678), Jan van Ossenbeeck (1624?–1674), Lucas Vorsterman (1624–circa 1666), and Johannes Popels (1590–1663). The engravings in the  Theatrum pictorium were grouped roughly chronologically by painter; the New-York Historical Society numbers assigned to these engravings follow a loosely alphabetical organization by engraver. A separate listing of the engravings by plate number has been created as well. The complete book contains 246 leaves. The missing leaves may have been sold at the auction of Durr's estate. A few leaves have two small engravings on one page; several other engravings are double leaves.

 Series II. Other engravings, 1513–1835, undated encompasses 94 diverse European prints. Most of these engravings are religious or allegorical works after Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), Titian (circa 1488–1576), Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792), Raphael (1483–1520), Rembrandt (1606–1669), Anthony Van Dyck (1599–1641), and Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). Three prints show sculptures by Antonio Canova (1757–1822). Two works by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) are included. Engravers highly represented include Lucas Vorsterman (1624–circa 1666), Francesco Bartolozzi (1727–1815), Pietro Fontana (1762–1837), Raffaelo Morghen (1761–1833), and Domenico Marchetti (1780–1844).


The collection is organized in two series:

Series I.
 Leaves from the Theatrum Pictorium, 1660s
Series II.
 Other engravings, 1513–1835, undated

In the container list below, the numbers preceding each print were assigned by New-York Historical Society staff when the collection was accessioned. Titles in quotes and attributions were transcribed directly from the prints. Brief descriptions in [square brackets] were supplied for those prints without titles in the plate.