Pen and brown ink and wash and point of the brush and gray wash within brown ink framing lines;
bears somewhat indistinct inscription, in brown ink, upper right: di io giorno di S.Lorenzo 1648 al Cornato / ..nerelli (?)
and bears attribution in pencil, verso: Claude Lorrain
The significance of the inscription (of which Steland was unaware)unfortunately remains unclear. GIven that it is written in Italian, but dates from several years after Swanevelt left Italy for Paris, it is unlikely that it is in his hand. Perhaps it records the gift of the drawing from one collector to another.
In terms of the handling of details, this very spontaneous and appealing drawing can be compared with the somewhat more formally composed Mercury and Argus and Pan and Syrinx, both in the British Museum, the former a study for one of Swanevelt's etchings, the latter signed.1
1. Steland, op. cit., nos. Z 1, 33, Z 1, 32, respectively
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