ITALO-FLEMISH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1550
A WOODED LANDSCAPE WITH COTTAGES ALONG A HILLSIDE
Pen and brown ink
194 by 270 mm; 7¾ by 10⅝ in
Hinge mounted to a modern cream mount. There are two old repairs to the left centre of the sheet and a diagonal area of white staining (gouache?) to the right centre. There is some slight toning to the sheet and the ink has fractionally sunk in places. There are two small pin prick holes to the centre of the right edge and two old adhesive tabs to the verso. The pen and ink remains in predominantly good condition throughout with the image reasonably strong. Sold unframed.
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While the artist responsible for this atmospheric landscape drawing must, for the time being, remain unknown, the influence of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525/30–1569), particularly in the handling of the foliage and hatching within the trees, can be keenly felt. It does seem most plausible, on stylistic grounds, that this intriguing sheet is the work of a Northern artist working in Italy.