Johannes Christiaan SCHOTEL (Dordrecht 1787 - Dordrecht 1838)

A Seated Woman with a Basket

Pen and grey ink and grey wash, over an underdrawing in pencil.
Faintly inscribed or signed J.CS in pencil at the lower left.
Inscribed (signed?) J. C. Schotel on the verso.
335 x 215 mm. (13 1/8 x 8 1/2 in.)


Although Johannes Schotel is much better known for his marine paintings and drawings, a large number of figure studies by the artist are known. Many of these may have been drawn during one of the life drawing classes Schotel regularly attended at Pictura, the artist’s society in The Hague, and as such are generally dated between 1805, when Schotel joined the society, and around 1810. Such figure drawings by Schotel often reflect the influence of the artist’s older contemporaries in Dordrecht, the brothers Abraham and Jacob van Strij.

The present sheet can be compared, in both stylistic and thematic terms, with a group of six oval figure studies of men and women by Schotel, mounted together on one mount, formerly in the collections of Hans van Leeuwen and Charles Ryskamp. A group of similar figure drawings by Schotel are in the Teyler Museum in Haarlem, and other examples are in the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam, the Dordrechts Museum in Dordrecht, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, and elsewhere.

Iohan Quirijn van Regteren Altena, Amsterdam (his posthumous sale stamp [Lugt 4617] stamped on the verso)
By descent to his wife, Augusta Louisa Wilhelmina van Regteren Altena, née van Royen, Amsterdam, until 2006
Thence by family descent until 2014.

Johannes Christiaan SCHOTEL

A Seated Woman with a Basket


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