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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR EGBERT HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN

Aert Schouman
A FEMALE MANDRILL (MANDRILLUS SPHINX)
ACCÉDER AU LOT
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR EGBERT HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN

Aert Schouman
A FEMALE MANDRILL (MANDRILLUS SPHINX)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Aert Schouman
DORDRECHT 1710 - 1792 THE HAGUE
A FEMALE MANDRILL (MANDRILLUS SPHINX)
Watercolour, over black chalk, within brown ink framing lines;
inscribed in brown ink, verso (partially cut): de aap (Mandrill. male), met te blauwe bakkis, op het Loo n../t leven geteekent 1780 Levens groot als een ordenare groote / viriel beest (the last two words partially cut and unclear)
133 by 122 mm
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Provenance

Sale, London, Christie's, 24 June 1980, lot 109;
John and Alice Steiner, Larchmont, New York;
from whom acquired by Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

Description

As the inscription on the verso indicates, the mandrill seen here formed part of the famous menagerie of exotic creatures assembled by the Stadtholder, Prince William V of Orange-Nassau (1748-1806) at his country residence, Het Kleine Loo, on the outskirts of The Hague.  We are grateful to Ruud Vlek for informing us that the lack of red on the nose indicates that this is a female mandrill not a male, and that this may well be the earliest depiction of this species.

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