Recto: A landscape with two figures in the foreground Verso: A riverscape with trees in the foreground
July 7, 10:53 AM GMT
6,000 - 8,000 GBP
Lille 1609 - 1690 Utrecht
Recto: A landscape with two figures in the foreground
Verso: A riverscape with trees in the foreground
Black chalk, watercolor and gouache, heightened with white (recto and verso)
148 by 181 mm
This rare, double-sided sheet is one of the most lyrical and atmospheric of the small group of landscape drawings in which Waterloo employed an astonishingly individual technique, combining chalk, watercolour, gouache and in some cases also charcoal soaked in linseed oil, to create an extremely original effect. No records survive to suggest that the artist served a traditional apprenticeship, suggesting that he might have been self-taught; if true, this may partly explain his unusual, highly personal technique.
Amongst the best of Waterloo's other known drawings of this type are the two sheets formerly in the collection of the British Rail Pension Fund,1 the Landscape with a Bridge, in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge,2 and another exhibited at Colnaghi in 1960.
1. Both sold New York, Sotheby's, one 23 January 2001, lot 148, the other 8 January 1991, lot 121
2. Cambridge, The Fitzwilliam Museum, inv. no. P.D. 893-1963