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A shield is of no use when Fortune turns her back: P.4290-R-160

Object information

Current Location: In storage


A shield is of no use when Fortune turns her back
Six Sayings about Furtune


Printmaker: Coornhert, Dirk Volkertsz
Draughtsman: Heemskerck, Maerten van (Formerly after)



Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1898)

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  • Text: Het helpt gheen schilt tegen fortuinen ganck
  • Location: Plate lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Title

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.4290-R-160
Primary reference Number: 199048
Illustrated Bartsch: 5501.069.3
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Created: Monday 2 June 2014 Updated: Monday 2 June 2014 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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