Hendrick Goudt (The Hague 1583 - Utrecht 1648)

Three Orientals in Conversation Sold

Pen and brown ink on buff paper, laid down.
Inscribed B and numbered 11 on the verso.
Irregularly trimmed and made up at the left edge and uoper left corner.
A small made up section at the lower right.
91 x 60 mm. (3 5/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

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This is one of a group of figure drawings, long regarded as works by Adam Elsheimer, that are now given to Hendrick Goudt. Among stylistically comparable drawings by Goudt is a study of Four Standing Woman with Babies and Two Children in the P. & N. de Boer Foundation in Amsterdam, a drawing of a draped figure seen from behind in the Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and a drawing of five figures in the National Gallery of Scotland. Also similar are a study of two men in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and a drawing of a man and woman, seen from behind, in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin. Similar compositional groups of three standing men in conversation are found in small drawings by Goudt in a private collection in New York and in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin.

Provenance:
Iohan Quirijn van Regteren Altena, Amsterdam (his posthumous sale stamp [Lugt 4617] on the verso)
Thence by descent until 2014.

Literature:
Hans Möhle, Die Zeichnungen Adam Elsheimers. Das Werk des Meisters und der Problemkreis Elsheimer - Goudt, Berlin, 1966, p.56, illustrated pl.9, no.G16; Jeroen Giltaij, Le cabinet d’un amateur: Dessins flamands et hollandaises des XVIe et XVIIe siècles d’une collection privée d’Amsterdam, exhibition catalogue, Rotterdam and elsewhere, 1976-1977, p.36, no.63, illustrated pl.76.

Hendrick GOUDT

Three Orientals in Conversation

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