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Abraham Bloemaert
GORINCHEM 1566 - 1651 UTRECHT
AN ANCHORITE, SITTING AND READING IN THE ENTRANCE OF HIS HUT
Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white (partially oxidised) over black chalk;
bears inscription in brown ink, versoH
128 by 88 mm
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Provenance

Sale, London, Christie's, 17 November 1973, lot 322;
sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 15 November 1993, lot 10;
sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 13 November 1995, lot 61,
where purchased by the late owner

Literature

J. Bolten, Abraham Bloemaert c.1565-1651, The Drawings, 2 Vols, Leiden 2007, vol. I, p. 168, no. 473, reproduced vol. II, p. 215, fig. 473

Catalogue Note

This drawing belongs to a series of similar compositions, which Bloemaert made as the designs for a large and apparently never completed set of prints known as the 'Second Series of Hermits' or Thebais sacra, designed by Bloemaert around 1620-30, and engraved some years later by his son, Frederick.  No print based on the present drawing is known.  Another sheet from the same series was sold, London, Sotheby's, 5 July 2017, lot 10.

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