Lot 314
  • 314

Jan Porcellis

6,000 - 8,000 USD
47,500 USD
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  • Jan Porcellis
  • Recto: Boat moored on a beach by a wooden palisade
    Verso: Study of trees
  • Black chalk and gray wash (some added later in sky), within black chalk framing lines (recto); pen and brown ink (verso);
    bears extensive numbering in brown ink, verso
  • 181 by 242 mm; 7 1/8  by 9½ in


With Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam,
from whom acquired in 1995

Catalogue Note

This drawing is comparable with a small group of similar chalk drawings of beach and harbour scenes, including two in the British Museum, one in Berlin, one in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York1, two sold Amsterdam, Sotheby's2, and one in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.3  The New York drawing, the Rijksmuseum sheet and three of the others are signed with the initials IP (or JP); as Schapelhouman and Schatborn have pointed out, although Jan Porcellis and his son Julius both signed paintings in this way, there is no good reason to attribute the drawings to the latter, who is totally unknown as a draughtsman.

1. Inv. no. 2005.3

2. 9 November 1999, lot 109 and 4 November 2003, lot 93

3. Inv. no. RP-T-1893-A-2758; M. Schapelhouman and P. Schatborn, Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Artists born between 1580 and 1600, 2 vols., Amsterdam 1998, cat. no. 270, reproduced