JOOS DE MOMPER (Antwerp 1564 - Antwerp 1635) [attributed]

An Italianate River Landscape with Bridges in the Foreground, a Temple in the Distance Sold

Pen and brown ink, with blue-green and brown washes and touches of white heightening.
Laid down on a 19th century mount.
Inscribed Paul. Brill. and numbered 17(2?) on the old mount.
Further inscribed Paul Brill invt. fecit. on the reverse of the old mount.
256 x 284 mm. (10 1/8 x 11 1/8 in.)


Long attributed to Paul Bril (1553-1626), the present sheet is in fact derived from a small painting on copper by Bril, signed and dated 159(9?), in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne which, however, includes figures and animals crossing the bridge in the foreground. (The temple at the upper left of the composition is strongly reminiscent of the Temple of the Sibyl at Tivoli.) An engraving after the painting, in reverse and with the addition of a rainbow, was produced by Raphael Sadeler II.

As Louisa Wood Ruby has noted of Joos de Momper, ‘Many of his drawings and paintings from [the mid-1580’s] have structures that relate to Bril’s work, or include motifs found in the Bril repertoire…Although his penmanship remained unaffected by Bril’s, the numerous examples of Bril’s influence indicate that De Momper was connected to Bril in Rome, and as Ertz has suggested, may even have executed frescoes under him.’

M. de Bourguignon de Fabregoules, Aix-en-Provence, until c.1840
Charles-Joseph-Barthélemi Giraud, Aix-en-Provence and Paris
Acquired in c.1860 with the rest of the collection by the banker Flury-Hérard, Paris (Lugt 1015), no.730
Flury-Hérard sale, Paris, Hôtel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 13-15 May 1861, probably lot 38 (as Paul Bril: ‘Très-beau paysage à la plume, lavé en couleurs.’, bt. Gigoux for 3.25 francs)
Probably Jean-François Gigoux, Paris and Besançon
Emile-Louis-Dominique Calando, Paris (Lugt 837)
Possibly his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 11-12 December 1899
His son, Emile-Pierre-Victor Calando, Paris and Grasse
By descent to Marguerite Calando
Thence by descent
Anonymous sale, Heidelberg, Arno Winterberg, 12 October 2001, lot 429.

Joos de MOMPER

An Italianate River Landscape with Bridges in the Foreground, a Temple in the Distance


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