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Joost Cornelisz. Droochsloot
RECTO: MARKET SCENE IN A TOWN SQUARE VERSO: LANDSCAPE WITH A CHAPEL
Estimate
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127
Joost Cornelisz. Droochsloot
RECTO: MARKET SCENE IN A TOWN SQUARE VERSO: LANDSCAPE WITH A CHAPEL
Estimate
5,0007,000
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Joost Cornelisz. Droochsloot
UTRECHT 1586 - 1666
RECTO: MARKET SCENE IN A TOWN SQUARE VERSO: LANDSCAPE WITH A CHAPEL
Pen and brown ink and grey wash (recto); pen and brown ink and black chalk (verso);
indistinctly inscribed in black chalk, verso
298 by 198 mm
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Provenance

Herbert Girardet, Cologne

Catalogue Note

This fascinating, double-sided sheet, with a detailed depiction of a lively market scene on the recto and a very free landscape sketch on the verso, is an extremely rare example of a drawing by Droochsloot, whose paintings are very familiar, but whose drawings are virtually unknown.  Only one signed drawing is recorded (a much smaller sheet, dated 1630, which was with Frye & Sohn, Münster, in 1992), and otherwise we only know the rather grand depiction of Peasants merrymaking before an inn, which was sold in Amsterdam in 2006.1  The latter drawing is executed in the same combination of pen and brown ink and grey wash, though in that case heightened with white, and the figure types, approach to architecture and general use of the pen are extremely similar in both sheets.  Here, though, we also have the freely drawn black chalk elements in the rapid landscape sketch on the verso, which adds a significant aspect to what we know of Droochsloot's drawing style.  

1.  Sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 14 November 2006, lot 43

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