Lot 4
  • 4

After Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1525-1569

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
2,160 GBP
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  • After Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  • man of war at anchor, to the right a town; and three men of war before a water-fortress (bastelaer, hollstein 103-4; lebeer 46-7; Orenstein 91-2)
Engravings by Frans Huys, from the set of Sailing Vessels, good impressions, both on paper with a Gothic P watermark, trimmed to borderline, lacking blank space below, small repairs touched-in with pen and ink, light paper discoloration, other minor defects

Catalogue Note

'The Sailing Vessels was a highly original creation that by far surpassed the few existing specimens of the genre in technique, style, and imaginative vision. Combining the best of Bruegel's draftsmanship and Huys's abilities as an engraver, the series initiated a flourishing tradition of portrayals of ships in Dutch art that survived until the nineteenth century.'  Manfred Sellink, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York, 2001), p. 218.