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Landscape with an artist sketching
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Landscape with an artist sketching

Circa 1606-08

Master of the Mountain Landscapes (active late 16th or early 17th century)

Formerly attributed to Pieter the Elder Bruegel (ca. 1525-1569)

Formerly attributed to Roelandt Savery (1576-1639)

Pen and ink, chalk (black) on paper

Height: 27.7 cm; Width: 39.6 cm;

Inscribed in 16th century(?) hand, verso, den ouden Bruegel no.56
Inscribed in 16th century(?) hand, lower left & recto, de ouden Bruegel

Acquisition (source, method, date)
HM Government (Acceptance in Lieu); allocation; 1978

About this work
This sheet was thought to have been made during Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s trip to Italy. His biography states that ‘when he was in the Alps he swallowed all those mountains and rocks which... he spat out again onto canvases and panels’. Yet Bruegel’s known drawings were all finished in the studio, and this drawing was reattributed on stylistic grounds. Uncharacteristic broad strokes in the foreground precede a highly detailed mid-ground, transitioning to a light touch. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © Accepted by HM Government in lieu of capital transfer tax and presented to The Samuel Courtauld Trust for The Courtauld Gallery in 1981.

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