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Whilst Bolten notes that some of the figures from the "Bishops" group were used by Bloemaert in subsequent painted compositions, such as The Church Fathers, "the result is almost always a conversion of poise, gestures and drapery and never an exact copy."4 Many of the studies, including the present drawing were not, however, used in paintings, but instead served the more general purpose of preparing the artist for drawing.
The verso of the present lot, executed in black chalk, was previously described by Bolten as "Black chalk (contr'épreuve?, slightly touched up)".5 The suggestion of the verso being a reworked counterproof does, however, seem improbable, given that all of the hatching strokes throughout the figure are totally consistent with that of a right handed draughtsman.
1. Bolten, op.cit., p. 290
2. Ibid., nos. 866 and 878
3. Ibid., no. 879
5. Ibid. p. 305, no. 919
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