Signed 'Hh ex.' by Hendrick Hondius
Copy in reverse direction to Cock 1572 engraved Pictorum
Transcription of Inscription [Lampsonius]:
DE GUILIELMO CAIO, BREDANO, PICTORE.
Quas hominum facies, ut eos te cernere credas
Expressit Caii pingere docta manus,
(Si tamen excipias unum, me iudice, Morum)
Culpari Belgae nullius arte timent.
Translation of Inscription [Lampsonius]:
About Willem Key of Breda, painter.
What faces of people the hand of Key, learned in painting, expressed, so that you could believe you were looking at them!1 – if however, you except one, Mor,2 in my opinion the Belgians do not fear to be found wanting because of anyone’s skill.
2. The renowned portraitist Anthonis Mor (c.1517/20 – c.1576), who was a friend of Lampsonius.