Philippe-Jacques De LOUTHERBOURG (Strasbourg 1740 - London 1812)

Pastoral Scene with a Shepherd and Shepherdess Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, over a pencil underdrawing.
Inscribed P. Loutherbourg on the verso.
285 x 414 mm. (11 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.)


This large pastoral landscape may be dated to between 1772 and 1774, in the early years of the artist’s time in England. Its composition reflects the influence on the young Loutherbourg of Dutch 17th century painters such as Nicolaes Berchem. It is not a study for a painting but was in all likelihood intended as a finished work of art in its own right. Nevertheless, the drawing may be compared with a number of paintings of a similar pastoral theme and composition by the artist that are datable to the period before he settled in England, such as a canvas known as The Enterprising Shepherd, which was on the art market in Paris in 2009.

The pencil inscription on the verso may transcribe the artist’s signature on a previous mount. Loutherbourg traditionally signed his drawings not on the sheets themselves, but on their mounts, which he often made himself.

An unidentified collector’s mark (in Cyrillic?), not in Lugt, stamped in black ink on the verso.

Philippe-Jacques de LOUTHERBOURG

Pastoral Scene with a Shepherd and Shepherdess


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