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Jan de Bisschop

Buildings on a Hilltop in an Italianate landscape

Jan de Bisschop

Jan de Bisschop

Buildings on a Hilltop in an Italianate landscape

Buildings on a Hilltop in an Italianate landscape

Jan de Bisschop

Amsterdam 1628 - 1671 The Hague

Buildings on a Hilltop in an Italianate landscape


Black chalk and brown wash within pen and brown ink framing lines;

bears attribution in black chalk, verso: J. Bischop

222 by 322 mm

Window mounted. Light foxing, more visible in the upper section. A repaired hole lower centre, visible from the verso and also when held up to the light. A small repair at the upper right corner of the sheet. Medium is strong and vibrant. Sold framed.


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Sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 14 November 1988, lot 63 (as Jacob van der Ulft);
sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 10 November 1997, lot 89 (as Jacob van der Ulft);
sale, London, Sotheby's, Quality in Detail: The Juli and Andrew Wieg Collection, 24 March 2021, lot 87
Suffused with his signature warm golden glow, created using golden brown ink and wash, this is a fine example of an Italianate landscape by Bisschop.  While the artist produced numerous drawings that depicted the Italian campagna, he probably never travelled to Italy, relying instead on other artists’ compositions as his inspiration and source material.  Bisschop's artistic relationship with Jacob van der Ulft, to whom this drawing was formerly attributed, is particularly interesting.  At various times, both artists seem to have copied the works of the other, and it is often very hard to establish the original source of any of their images of Italy.  Bisschop's drawings are, however, often rather more animated in handling than those of Van der Ulft, and the extensive, lively use of black chalk underdrawing, as seen here, is much more typical of Bisschop. 

Like several other very talented Dutch landscape artists of the second half of the seventeenth century, Jan de Bisschop's primary profession was not that of artist, although he appears to have studied with Bartholomeus Breenbergh, whose style had a great influence on him.  In 1649, the year after his earliest dated drawing was executed, Bisschop enrolled as a law student in Leiden, where he remained until 1652.  Thereafter he moved to The Hague to take up a legal appointment at the Court. Bisschop continued his activities as a draughtsman during his professional career and made a large number of drawings of the area around The Hague.