FLEMISH SCHOOL, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
THE RAISING OF THE CROSS
Pen and brown ink and brush and blue and gray-brown wash over traces of black chalk, within black ink framing lines, on blue paper.
Brush-testings in gray wash, verso;
bears pencil attributions to Blecker, verso
189 by 257 mm; 7½ by 10⅛ in
Partially laid down to a modern, acid free paper backing which has subsequently been hinged to a modern cream mount. There is a small diagonal fault in the paper to the centre of the top edge, only noticeable upon very close inspection and integral to the paper. The drawing remains in extremely good condition throughout with the combination of media fresh and vibrant. The blue paper also retains all of its original blue color. Sold in a modern wooden frame with a giltwood slip.
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P. Langerhuizen Lzn. (L.2095),
sale, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller, 29 April 1919, lot 73 (as Gerrit Claesz. Blecker (1592/3-1656);
Jan Frederick Bianchi (1878-1963), Amsterdam (L.3761),
sale, Amsterdam, Paul Brandt, 23-27 November 1964, lot 53, illus. Pl.XI;
Paul Brandt, sale, London, Sotheby’s (Olympia), 13 December 2001, lot 237
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Nederlandse Tekeningen der zestiende en zeventiende eeuw, een keuze uit de collectie Paul Brandt, Amsterdam, 5 April-19 May 1968, no. 10 (as Bleker)