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Willem Joseph Laquy
THE NIGHT SCHOOL, AFTER GERARD DOU
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,250 USD
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139
Willem Joseph Laquy
THE NIGHT SCHOOL, AFTER GERARD DOU
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Willem Joseph Laquy
AMSTERDAM 1738 - 1798
THE NIGHT SCHOOL, AFTER GERARD DOU
Watercolor and gouache, within black ink framing lines;
signed and dated, lower left: W: Joseph / Laquy delin / 1771
bears numbering in the hand of Ploos van Amstel, verso: h: 18¾ / b: 13¾
476 by 352 mm; 18 3/4  by 13 7/8  in
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Provenance

Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Amsterdam (L.3004);
sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 14 November 1994, lot 166,
where acquired by the present owners

Catalogue Note

Based on the left wing of Gerard Dou's triptych: An Allegory of Art Training, a painting that was lost under dramatic circumstances, in 1771, when a shipment of pictures recently acquired from the Gerrit Braamcamp collection by Catherine the Great, sank off the coast of Finland, en route to St. Petersburg.

The fact that present work is also dated 1771 suggests that Laquy must have had  access to Dou's triptych in the months leading up to its acquisition by the Russian Empress.  As Robert-Jan te Rijdt has kindly informed us, several other copies by Laquy after this work by Dou are known: the Rijksmuseum has a copy of the entire triptych, in oils, a large watercolour after the central panel, and two black and white chalk drawings of the side panels1, and a further watercolor copy of the central panel is in a Dutch private collection. 

1. Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, inv. nos. SK-A-2320-A; RP-T-1918-326; RP-T-1910-23; RP-T-1910-24

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