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Don Quixote Rests with the Goatherds



In Miquel Cervantes’ 1605 novel The Ingenious Low-Born Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, the great romantic Alanso Quixano decides to become a knight errant to revive chivalry.  He adopts the name Don Quixote de la Mancha, recruits a farmer named Sancho Manza to be his squire, and embarks on great adventures, living what he envisions to be the life of a knight.  The book was initially accepted as a comic novel, but it was in fact meant to be the opposite of what it seems to portray.  Is Don Quixote living in an imaginary world, tilting at windmills, or is it the world that is actually upside down?

This 1843 etching by the great master Adolf Schrödter illustrates the scene in which Don Quixote rests with the goat herders.  In a moment of  what might pass as egalitarianism, Quixote invites Pancho to sit down next to him to join him in a meal, unironically telling Pancho, “you should sit next to me, your master, because all things are equal”.  Probably no surprise that Pancho demurs, saying that he would rather eat alone than eat beside an emperor.  But Quixote refuses to accept Pancho’s refusal, violently pulling Pancho down to sit beside him.  Quixote then gives his famous “Golden Age” speech, describing the antediluvian world in which no one knew the words “yours” and “mine”.

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Etching, Print


Fine Condition

Signing, Dating, and Titling




Etching on heavy natural white wove paper
Hermann & Friedrich Schaffstein, Cöln am Rhein, Germany
Signed and dated in the plate
Custom matted and framed in an ornate wood frame behind 99% UV-blocking art glass using strictly conservation-grade materials.
Remarkably fine condition, without soiling or signs of handling.  Well inked and excellent impression.  Small margins, but as published.  Modest foxing en verso.
Frame Size:
17.375 in. (h) × 14.375 in. (w) × 1 in. (d)
Window Size:
7.75 in. (h) × 6 in. (w)

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