Engraving, second state
Signed 'Hh ex.' by Hendrick Hondius
Copy in same direction as Cock 1572 engraved Pictorum
LUCÆ GASSELO HELMONTANO PICTORI.
Salve omnes, Luca, ante alios carissime quondam
Nec levius proprio culte parente mihi.
Quippe mihi primus graphices datus auctor amandae
Dum pingis docta rura, casasque manu.
Par arte1 probitasque tuae, candorque, bonorum
Et quicquid mentes ducere amore potest.
Ergo fama tuae virtutis, et artis in aevum
Vivat, utroque mihi nomine amate senex
Translation of Inscription [Lampsonius]:
To Lucas Gassel of Helmond, painter.
Hail, Lucas, once more dear than all the rest, and no less honoured by me than my own father. Indeed you were the first cause of loving painting offered to me, while you were painting fields and huts2 with your learned hand. Equal to your skill3 are your honesty and candour, and whatever [else] can attract the minds of the good with love. Therefore may the fame of your virtue and skill live forever, old man beloved to me on both counts.