Christoph Ludwig AGRICOLA (Regensburg 1667 - Regensburg 1719)
A Kingfisher on a Branch Sold
Gouache on vellum, with framing lines in gold.289 x 209 mm. (11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in.)ENQUIRE
Agricola produced a number of gouache drawings of kingfishers. He must have been particularly fond of the present composition, since he repeated it – always with minor changes to the tree and the landscape background - in a handful of related versions, all executed in gouache on vellum and of similar dimensions. He also painted several other gouache drawings of kingfishers, always shown isolated on a branch in a winter landscape, including one that was part of a pair that once belonged to the 19th century Viennese sculptor, engraver and medallist Joseph Daniel Böhm (1794-1865).