Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536)
Etching by Anthony Van Dyck, fifth state (of five)
This is a later impression, with the addition of a title but no alterations anywhere in the portrait etched by Van Dyck. The imperfections were not corrected even in later states.
This print is from an album entitled "Van Dyck Etchings and their states, by an Amateur". A note in the beginning of the album explains that it is a unique, deluxe edition of photogravures of Van Dyck's etchings, being the only one printed on drawing paper and furnished with twenty-seven impressions of the etchings and 'doubtful' attributions.