Lot 23
  • 23

Adam Frans van der Meulen

Estimate
30,000 - 40,000 GBP
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Description

  • Adam Frans van der Meulen
  • panoramic view of arnhem seen from the north
  • Black chalk and grey, pink, green and blue wash; on two joined sheets of paper

Provenance

Sir Joshua Reynolds (L.2364);
T. Ellis, Durham;
sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 9 November 1998, lot 85 (as Attributed to Van der Meulen)

Exhibited

Barnard Castle, Durham, Bowes Museum, English Silver of the 17th Century, and Old Master Drawings, 1961, no. 152 (as Jan Siberechts)

Catalogue Note

The view shows Arnhem from the north, with the churches of Saint Eusebius and Saint Jan or Walburgis to the left.  It is closely comparable in handling and technique to the artist's panoramic view of Arnhem seen from the west, drawn on four joined sheets of paper, which is part of the great holdings of drawings by Van der Meulen in the Mobilier National, Paris.1  The handling throughout this drawing is entirely typical of the artist, characterised by a very distinctive combination of broad, free outlines and gentle shading in black chalk, lightly worked up in many areas with very delicate washes of green, pink and blue as well as the more predictable grey and brown.  The large number of drawings by Van der Meulen depicting towns and other locations in Northern France, the Low Countries and the Lower Rhine is explained by his having accompanied the French King Louis XIV on various military campaigns throughout the region, between 1667 and 1673. Almost all those drawings are, however, in the collection of the Mobilier National, and no comparable topographical view by Van der Meulen has appeared on the market since the important panoramic view of Cambrai, sold in 1999.2

1. L.C. Starcky, Paris, Mobilier National, Dessins de Van der Meulen et de son Atelier, Paris 1988, p. 83, cat. 54
2. Sale, Ch√Ęteau de Groussay (Sotheby's/Poulain Le Fur), 2 June 1999, lot 38