Both black chalk and brown wash, within black ink framing lines;
both signed with monogram in brown ink, lower right: HSL
Amsterdam, Museum Fodor, Teekeningan van Oude Meesters...de Verzameling van Mr. Chr.P. van Eeghen, 1935, nos. 83 (the man) and 84 (the woman)
These two drawings relate to a number of similar figure studies in which, as Joaneath Spicer has demonstrated, Saftleven copied figures from Roelant Savery's naer het leven series, a group of drawings formerly attributed to Pieter Breugel the Elder.1 Often, Saftleven's drawings of this type include several separate figures on a single sheet, as is the case in the prototypes. Although no Savery drawings are known that correspond directly with these two, the figure of the man does appear in a composite sheet of figure studies, sold in 1977 as School of Jan Breughel the Elder2, and possibly itself based on the same prototype as this study by Saftleven.
1. Joaneath Spicer, 'The 'Naer Het Leven' Drawings: by Pieter Bruegel or Roelanddt Savery,' Master Drawings, vol. VIII, no.1, 1970, p.12
2. Sale of the C.R. Rudolf Collection, Amsterdam, Sotheby Mak van Waay, 6 June 1977, lot 57
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