Lot 91
  • 91

Egbert van Drielst

Estimate
7,000 - 9,000 GBP
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Description

  • Egbert van Drielst
  • extensive pastoral landscape with peasants resting on a wooded road, bathers in a river behind, and distant hills
  • Black chalk and grey wash, within black ink framing lines;
    inscribed in black chalk, verso: voor de Heer Engelberts / anderson(?), and signed, dated and inscribed in brown ink, verso (inverted): de Tekeningen Van Deze Schetzen / zijn berustende in het Cabinet Van de / Heer Jan Van Dijk te Amsterdam / E: Van Drielst / 1778

Condition

Reparied tear in sky, top left. Some light staining and foxing, especially towards top. Otherwise good and fresh. Sold in a substantial gilded frame.
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Catalogue Note

The influence of earlier Dutch masters on Van Drielst's work has long been recognised, but in this exceptionally grand and monumental work, the typically dominant influence of Hobbema (which gave Van Drielst his nickname, "The Hobbema of Drenthe")  seems tempered by an awareness of other, more Italianate predecessors, notably Jan Both.  Van Drielst often used monochrome drawings such as this as the basis for large finished watercolours; the inscription on the verso indicates that the present work served that function, although no corresponding watercolour by the artist is now known.  Another version of the composition is, however, in Weimar (Schlossmuseum, inv. KK 4970).