Almost certainly originating from the same sketchbook, these two rapid landscape sketches were surely made by one of the various talented artists working in the Netherlands in the later 16th century, who were greatly influenced by the groundbreaking drawing style of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569). Particularly close in handling are some of the foreground details in Bruegel's Mountain Landscape with Ridge and Valley (circa 1552), in Braunschweig1, but taking the sheets in their entirety, the overall approach in these delightful drawings seems closer to that of Jacob Savery (circa 1565-1603).
Both window mounted in heavy japan paper. Thin spots, lower edges, from former mounting. Lightly foxed throughout, but reasonably good overall condition. Sold in decorative giltwood frames. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."