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Abraham Meertens
A HEN HARRIER (CIRCUS CYANEUS) PERCHING ON A BRANCH
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,500 USD
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146
Abraham Meertens
A HEN HARRIER (CIRCUS CYANEUS) PERCHING ON A BRANCH
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Abraham Meertens
MIDDELBURG 1747 - 1823
A HEN HARRIER (CIRCUS CYANEUS) PERCHING ON A BRANCH
Watercolor heightened with white, over pencil, within brown ink framing lines
340 by 195 mm; 13 3/8  by 7 3/4  in
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Provenance

Bernard Houthakker, Amsterdam (L.1272);
sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 14 November 1988, lot 168 (as Aert Schouman),
where acquired by the present owners

Catalogue Note

Abraham Meertens was born in Middelburg in 1747 and by the 1760s was already falling under the artistic influence of his fellow Dutchman, Aert Schouman, who was known to have lived for a period in Middelburg, as well as Dordrecht and The Hague.

Schouman’s impact on Meertens can be particularly keenly felt in the present work, both in the artist’s choice of subject matter, as well as the numerous stylistic similarities present. Both artists spent considerable time studying animals and birds in the famous menagerie of exotic creatures assembled by the Stadtholder, Prince William V of Orange-Nassau (1748-1806) at his country residence, Het Kleine Loo, on the outskirts of The Hague, with the resulting works, occasionally, proving a challenge to distinguish between the two artists.

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