Jacob van der Ulft (Gorinchem 1627 - Noordwijk 1689)

Figures in an Italianate Landscape Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, within a drawn circle.
Signed and dated Jac: vander Ulft Fe: 1686. in the lower left and lower right margins.
172 x 170 mm. (6 3/4 x 6 5/8 in.)


Signed and dated 1686, the present sheet belongs with a small and distinctive group of circular landscape drawings by Jacob van der Ulft, all of approximately the same dimensions. These include a pair of drawings in the Saint Louis Art Museum and other examples in the British Museum, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, MA. Others have recently appeared on the art market in Holland and England. With its fluid, bold use of brown wash punctuated by white highlights where the paper has been left to show through, the drawing displays the strong influence of Jan de Bisschop on Jacob van der Ulft.


Figures in an Italianate Landscape


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