Four prints, executed in punch engraving, and touched with grey wash, each circa 300 × 220 mm, with slight margins, or trimmed along platemark (pen and ink borderline added at extreme edge of the sheets). Uniformly framed.
The silversmith Jan (or Johannes) Lutma the Younger made about thirty prints, favouring an experimental method of printmaking where the copper plate is scored by a spiked wheel or roulette, in order to achieve tonal effects comparable to those of a wash drawing. The method, a variety of mezzotint, was difficult and seldom practiced except by goldsmiths and silversmiths accustomed to the use of punches. Around 1681 Lutma engraved a self-portrait, and portraits of his father and of two leading contemporary Dutch poets, P.C. Hooft (1581-1647) and Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679), as “living classical busts”, a style popularized by Rubens. The four prints are similar in execution, scale and composition, and as such form a suite within the artist’s engraved oeuvre. They were afterwards extensively touched with grey wash, adding creases to the neck and deepening shadows, possibly by the printmaker himself.