Engraving, second state
Signed 'Hh ex.' by Hendrick Hondius
Copy in reverse direction to Cock 1572 engraved Pictorum
HENRICO BLESIO, BOVINATI, PICTORI.
Pictorem urbs dederat Dionatum Eburonia, pictor
Quem proximis dixit poeta versibus
Illum adeo artificem patriae situs ipse, magistro
Aptissimus, vix edocente fecerat.
Hanc laudem invidit vicinae exile Bovinum,
Et rura doctum pingere Henricum dedit
Sed quantum cedit Dionato exile Bovinum
To Herri met de Bles of Bouviges, painter.
The Eburonian city1 had produced the painter of Dinant, the painter of whom the poet spoke in recent verses. The most favourable site of his homeland had made him entirely an artist, and a master hardly taught him. Tiny Bouviges was jealous of this its neighbour’s glory and produced Hendrik, learned in painting fields. But, Joachim, as much as tiny Bouviges yields to Dinant [in size], so much does Hendrik yield to you.