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]ENQUIRE
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.