327
327
Dutch or French School, 17th Century
MEN JOUSTING ON A RIVER AND PULLING THE GOOSE, AS ONLOOKERS ADMIRE THE FESTIVITIES
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP
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327
Dutch or French School, 17th Century
MEN JOUSTING ON A RIVER AND PULLING THE GOOSE, AS ONLOOKERS ADMIRE THE FESTIVITIES
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Dutch or French School, 17th Century
MEN JOUSTING ON A RIVER AND PULLING THE GOOSE, AS ONLOOKERS ADMIRE THE FESTIVITIES
Pen and brown ink and blue-grey wash, indented for transfer, within partial black ink framing lines
304 by 412 mm
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Catalogue Note

This intriguing sheet, which depicts two boat crews in the foreground engaged in a joute navale whilst beyond them three men dangle precariously from a rope extended across the river, in an elaborate game of "pull the goose", is extensively indented for transfer, though a corresponding print is yet to be identified.

The fanfare surrounding the aforementioned events, with drummers accompanying each jousting team, and a substantial audience of onlookers on the far bank of the river, strongly suggest that the events depicted must have been part of an elaborate festivity or celebration. Indeed "pull the goose" was a sport often associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations in The Netherlands, though the mild weather, alluded to by the densely covered trees in the background, as well as the lightly dressed onlookers, may put paid to this theory.

It has been suggested that the present work bears a resemblance, on stylistic grounds, to that of the Frenchman, Louis Richer (fl. 1640-1670), though no compelling evidence has, thus far, been provided to further endorse this attribution.

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