Louis de CAULLERY (1580 - 1621)

Elegant Couples in a Landscape Sold

Pen and point of the brush and blue ink, with blue wash.
Inscribed (in a modern hand) Palamedes Delft 1646 and numbered 69 on the verso.
176 x 281 mm. (6 7/8 x 11 1/8 in.)


This charming drawing may be grouped with three closely comparable drawings in blue ink and blue wash by Louis de Caullery, also from the collection of the Swedish collector Einar Perman, which were sold at auction in Amsterdam in 1975 with an attribution to the ‘Master of the Hermitage Sketchbook’. De Caullery may now be identified as the artist responsible for each of the drawings formerly in the Perman collection, as well as a number of other stylistically related sheets, such as a drawing of Two Couples at a Picnic, formerly in the collection of Nicolaas Beets and sold at auction in Amsterdam in 1940. The present sheet, like the other ex-Perman drawings, were probably intended as studies for figures in De Caullery’s paintings.

The Swedish physician Einar Perman (1893-1976) assembled an interesting and varied collection of mostly Dutch and Flemish drawings. The present sheet was not included in the 1975 sale of drawings from the collection, and may have been retained in the Perman family.

Prof. Einar Perman, Stockholm
Possibly by descent to his son, Dr. Einar Perman, Stockholm.


Elegant Couples in a Landscape


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