Jacob de WIT (Amsterdam 1695 - Amsterdam 1754)

The Virgin and Child, in a Decorative Floral Surround Sold

Pen and black ink and grey wash, with framing lines in black ink.
A faint sketch of a female figure in black chalk on the verso.
Made up at the lower left corner.
Inscribed (in a modern hand) Handzeichnung / von / Sass Ferrato on the verso.
186 x 161 mm. (7 3/8 x 6 3/8 in.) [image]
209 x 185 mm. (8 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.) [sheet]

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With its fictive drawn border of flowers, the present sheet, though unsigned, is likely to have been intended as an autonomous work of art, rather than a preparatory study for a painting. De Wit produced a large number of such finished drawings intended for sale to collectors, which earned him a tidy income. Indeed, he was among the highest-paid artists working in Amsterdam; in 1742 alone his earnings amounted to 4,000 florins.


Jacob de WIT

The Virgin and Child, in a Decorative Floral Surround

A1266

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