STOCK, Andries Jacobsz.
(b. ca. 1580, Antwerpen, d. after 1648, Den Haag)
Witches' Sabbathc. 1610
Engraving, two plates, overall 435 x 658 mm
In Delft in 1593, Nicolaes Jansz de Clerck, a native of Lier in Flanders, brought out a number of prints by or after Jacques de Gheyn the Younger and also most of the prints by his son Jacques de Gheyn III. These artists made the drawings and engraved the plates (or had somebody else to do that), after which De Clerck pulled the prints and saw to their distribution. The Witches' Sabbath was a famous print from De Clerck's presses, which was engraved by Andries Stock after a drawing by Jacques de Gheyn the Younger. Subject, dimensions, and execution make this work one of the mightiest products of graphic art.