Jan de BISSCHOP (Amsterdam 1628 - The Hague 1671)

A Hillside and Trees, near The Hague Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, with framing lines in brown ink.
Inscribed by the artist Buyten den Haegh bij Dorpen laen. on the verso.
102 x 155 mm. (4 x 6 1/8 in.)

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A particularly fine and attractive example of Jan de Bisschop's mature draughtsmanship, the present sheet was drawn near The Hague, according to the artist's inscription on the verso. De Bisschop had settled in The Hague in 1652, serving as a lawyer at the court of the Stadtholder. In his spare time, he made numerous drawings of views in The Hague and the surrounding countryside, and, particularly in the 1660s, frequently drew in the Haagse Bos, the extensive woodland that was part of the city. A splendid example of the artist's luminous wash drawings of the 1660s, this very freely executed sheet is, in many ways, reminiscent of the drawings of such noted contemporaries as Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, whose drawings de Bisschop may have seen in Breenbergh's studio.

Provenance:
Sale, Foster's, 23 October 1929 [catalogue untraced]
Purchased from Crook in 1929 by A. Paul Oppé, London
Thence by descent.

Literature:
London, Royal Academy of Arts, The Paul Oppé Collection, 1958, no.437.

Jan de BISSCHOP

A Hillside and Trees, near The Hague

A1138

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