Marcus de Bye, sometimes spelt de Bie or de Bije (1638/39-after 1688) was a Dutch painter and engraver from The Hague. He learnt to paint under Jacob van der Does, and produced some landscapes with animals in the style of his teacher, but he is best known for his etchings of animals, after the designs of Paulus Potter and Markus Gerard.

Paulus Potter (1625-1654) is in many eyes Holland’s most heralded animal artist. His art is all the more remarkable considering that he died at the age of twenty-nine and so his oeuvre is small in number. Both a painter and printmaker he created only eighteen etchings. Shortly after Potter’s death, Marcus De Bye began etching sets of animal studies after Potter’s drawings. The first set was published around 1657 and at least five others followed based solely upon Potter’s designs. The sizes for the series ranged from eight to sixteen plates.

The publishing history for Marcus de Bye’s etchings after Paulus Potter is well documented. Rare first state impressions lack the address of N. Visscher on the frontispiece plate and were printed in only a handful of impressions. In the second state impressions Nicolaas Visscher’s name appears. This major publisher printed editions of De Bye’s sets from approximately 1660 to 1700. In 1726 Petrus Schenk acquired the plates and printed sets bearing his name along the lower margins of the frontispiece etchings.

Marcus de Bye – Group of Four Cow prints

Marcus de Bye – Group of Four Cow prints

  Marcus de Bye (1638/39-after1688) - Group of Four Cow prints c1664etching - platemark 11.6 x 14.7 cm. Paper trimmed close to platemark.Unframed - Set of 4 Price : £156Four etchings from a Series of Eight Plates of Cows based on drawings by Paulus Potter...

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Marcus de Bye – Group of Four Sheep prints

Marcus de Bye – Group of Four Sheep prints

  Marcus de Bye (1638/39-after1688) - Group of Four Sheep prints c1664etching - platemark 11.6 x 14.5 cm. Paper trimmed close to platemark.Unframed - Set of 4 Price : £96Four etchings from a Series of Sixteen Plates of Sheep based on drawings by Paulus Potter...

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