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Adriaen van der Werff
'THE AMOROUS SHEPHERD'
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149
Adriaen van der Werff
'THE AMOROUS SHEPHERD'
Estimate
25,00035,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Adriaen van der Werff
KRALINGEN-AMBACHT 1659 - 1722 ROTTERDAM
'THE AMOROUS SHEPHERD'

Red chalk, within brown ink framing lines;
signed, bottom centre: van der Werff


394 by 297 mm; 15 1/2 by 11 3/4 in
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Catalogue Note

This elaborate drawing relates to one of Van der Werff's grandest paintings, the large, arched top canvas (fig.1), one of a series of decorative wall paintings that he executed around 1696 for his own house, on the Delftsche Vaart, Rotterdam.  The paintings were acquired around 1749-53 by the Landgraf of Kassel, where they remain today, in the Staatliche Gemäldegalerie.1  The drawing and painting differ not only in format, but also in various compositional details: for example, the drawing does not include the urn that appears behind the figures in the painting, nor the step or plinth behind the female figure, but on the other hand it does incorporate a secondary figure group beside the small building in the background. 

Drawings by Van der Werff are extremely rare, and it is certain that only a small proportion of his drawn oeuvre survives.  The handful of red chalk drawings that we do know are all more freely drawn than this2, but there are still enough general similarities of technique for this to be considered seriously as an autograph work - presumably some kind of freely reworked ricordo of the painting, or perhaps a modello for an engraver.  

1.  B. Gaehtgens, Adriaen van der Werff, Munich 1987, pp. 230-31, no. 25 A
2.  e.g. the Samson and Delilah in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Gaehtgens, op. cit., p. 266, no. 42a

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