An image of Vincent Jacobsz., gauger and wine-merchant in Amsterdam

Jacob Matham

(Netherlands 1571 – 1631)

after Cornelius Ketel

(Netherlands 1548 – 1616)

Vincent Jacobsz., gauger and wine-merchant in Amsterdam

Location
Not on display
Further information

Matham learned engraving from his stepfather Hendrick Goltzius. In 17th-century Holland gaugers were responsible for measuring the capacity of imported casks of wine and calculating the customs duty. The verse in old Dutch reads as follows: "With self-searching, most people find the reason and cause for disputes about what is theirs or yours. Yet reason and the law (where disputes are concerned) bound by measurement and justice aim to suit everyone".

Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
25.2 x 18.0 cm image; 25.9 x 18.4 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1979
Accession number
256.1979