Otto van Veen

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Otto van Veen
Amici vitium ne fastidias
Brush and gray and light brown oil, and pen and brown ink; on a paper prepared with a brown ground of lead white tinted with yellow-brown ochre and a little red in oil medium.
7 1/8 x 5 13/16 inches (181 x 148 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Van Veen Album, folio 67

Inscribed on the album page below the design and continuing on the preceding page, in brown ink, "Amici vitiúm ne fastidias (title)/ At pater, út gnati, sic nos debemús, amici/ Si quod sit vitiúm non fastidire, strabonem,/ Appellat petúm pater et púllúm male parvús/ Si cúi est filiús, út abortivús fúit olim/ Sisyphus, húnc varúm, distortis crúribús, illúm/ Balbútit, scaúrúm, pravis fúltúm malè talis,/ Parciús hic vivit, frúgi dicatur, ineptus/ Et jactantior hic paul ̣est, concinnús amicis/ Postúlat út videatur, at est trúcúlentior, atqúe/ Plús aeqúo liber, simplex, fortisque habeatur/ Caldior est, acres inter numeretur opinor,/ Haec res et júngit, júnctos et servat amicos" (At any rate, we should deal with a friend as a father with a child, and not be disgusted at some blemish. If a boy squints, his father calls him 'Blinky'; if his son is sadly puny, like misbegotten Sisyphus of former days, he styles him 'Chickabiddy'. One with crooked legs he fondly calls 'Cruikshank', and one that can hardly stand on twisted ankles, 'Curlylegs'. Is a friend somewhat close? Let us call him thrifty. Does another fail in tact and show off a bit too much? He wants his friends to think him agreeable. Or is he somewhat bluff and too outspoken? Let him pass for frank and fearless. Hotheaded is he? Let him be counted as a man of spirit. This, I take it, is how to make friends, and to keep them when made.) The text is from Horace, "Satires", Book I, 3, lines 43-54.

Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.

Netherlandish drawings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and Flemish drawings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Felice Stampfle ; with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. New York : The Library, 1991, p. 88, no. 179.


Watermark: since the drawings are laid down, no watermarks, if any, are visible, even with fiber-optic light.
Engraved in reverse, 1607, p. 141.
Also see records on Van Veen Album (III, 146-157).
Small loss in upper right quadrant.

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