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Re: Phrase origin and meeting

Posted by Masakim on October 08, 2001

In Reply to: Phrase origin and meeting posted by Paul Atkinson on October 08, 2001

: A friend has a print of a peice of art from the mid-19th Century with the phrase invt et dert with the t's in superscript.
: Does anyone know anything about this?
: Many Thanks
: Paul Atkinson

The word "invt" is short for Latin "invenit."

in. inv. invenit. inventor
Abbreviation of the Latin invenit, referring to the designer. Any of these abbreviations can appear on a print after the artist's name to indicate that s/he is responsible for the design, but not the execution, of the work.
From _Bloomsbury Guide to Art_

in., _inv., _invenit, _inventor (Latin invenit, 'invented')
An abbreviation seen on print, which indicates that the name it follows is that of the creator of the design (who was not necessarily the engraver or etcher).
From _The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms_

If the word "dert" is a typo of "delt," it may be short for Latin "delineavit."

del., _delin. (from

delineavit, 'drew')
An abbreviation seen on print or drawings, which indicates that the signature it follows is that of the person responsible for the design, but not necessarily, in the case of a print, for the engraving of the plate.
From The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms