Andries Both, the highly talented elder brother of the landscape painter Jan Both, was born in Utrecht, where he studied with Abraham Bloemaert, whose insluence is clearly apparent in this composition. By 1633, Both was on his way to Italy, whence he was never to return; in 1642, at the age of only 29 or 30, he fell into a Venetian canal and drowned. The surviving drawings from his hand are both accomplished and extremely varied in theme and style, including landscapes in pen and ink and chalk, lively representations of biblical subjects and diableries, and a small group of fine metalpoint drawings (see lot 261).
1. Inv. no. 1971-T.42
2. See M.C. Plomp, The Dutch Drawings in the Teyler Museum. Vol II. Artists Born Between 1575 and 1630, Haarlem/Gent/Doornspijk 1997, p. 93, no. 72
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