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Christ Disputing With The Doctors:A Sketch
etching and drypoint
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1923
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Gallery location
Not on display


Watermark Form
Seven provinces
The Seven provinces watermark depicts a rampant lion that represents the German dynasty, House of Nassau. The lion holds a sword in one paw and seven arrows in the other, and the arrows represent the Seven United Provinces or the Dutch Republic. This paper, like many of the period, would likely have been made in South-West France for the Dutch market. The watermark motif became common during the mid 17th century and in time developed changes, depicting a spear instead of a sword and the text 'Vryheit' below. The watermark further evolved to depict the figure of Hollandia with the text 'Pro Patria', from which it became known as the Pro Patria watermark, used by Holland papermakers throughout the 18th century, while also imported for use in England.
Watermark and variant description
Seven provinces - variant D.a. Lion rampant, one forepaw holding a sabre, the other seven arrows, without initials below. Badly damaged mark, with some parts missing. Found with countermark Miscellaneous, late. B.a. (Octuier 1749).
Chain Line Interval
24-26 mm
Laid Line Frequency
Placement and spacing of wires
82 x 6 [18|26|21] x 6
Wire Side
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