Though de Wit executed numerous projects of a religious nature, it is his Rococo portrayals of frolicking putti that make up a significant portion of his drawn oeuvre
(see also lot 116). The present drawing is a particularly charming example of this subject matter, and must have been intended as a design for an overdoor, as indicated by the arched pen work at the base of the sheet. The putti, depicted scrambling around on their hands and knees whilst reaching for a bow and quiver of arrows, whilst flanked by a hound, must surely portray an allegorical interpretation of hunting and can be closely compared to a sheet depicting Putti playing with a mirror
sold in Amsterdam in 2002.
We are grateful to Guus van de Hout who confirms that on stylistic grounds, the proposed reading of the date as 1745 is convincing.
1. Sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 5 November 2002, lot 159