Christoph Heinrich KNIEP (Hildesheim 1755 - Naples 1825)
Study of the Base of a Tree and Undergrowth
Pencil, with framing lines in pencil, on buff paper, laid down on an original 19th century mount.
Signed C. H. Kniep at the lower left of the mount, and inscribed and dated Napoli 1816 at the lower right of the mount.
200 x 296 mm. (7 7/8 x 11 5/8 in.)
This highly finished sheet, which is on its original mount, signed and dated 1816, is likely to have been sold to a collector as an independent work of art. The drawing differs from much of Kniep’s drawn oeuvre, however, in its microcosmic view of nature, and in its subject can be related to some of the plates of Kniep’s Disegni originali; a series of prints after his drawings, published in Naples in 1818. It has been suggested that the view depicted here may be in the vicinity of the town of Cava de’ Tirreni, near Salerno in Campania.