ABRAHAM BLOEMAERT (Gorinchem 1566-1651 Utrecht)
A sportsman resting under a tree with two dogs
black chalk, pen and brown ink, red wash heightened with white, pen and black ink framing line
4 x 618 in. (10.3 x 15.5 cm)
Unidentified collector (L. 1499).
Gerhard Joachim Schmidt (1742-1801), Hamburg; probably Hamburg, 16 November 1818, lot 853 (accoring to an inscription on the verso).
Josef Grünling (1785-1845), Vienna (according to the 1889 sale catalogue).
Alfred von Franche (1808-1884), Vienna and Graz; Prestel, Frankfurt, 4-5 December 1889, lot 43.
William Pitcairn Knowles (1820-1894), Rotterdam and Wiesbaden (L. 2643); Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, 25-26 June 1895, part of lot 76 (bought for 30 guilders by Valk).
with Bob P. Haboldt Gallery, New York.
M.G. Roethlisberger, Abraham Bloemaert and His Sons. Paintings and Prints, I, Doornspijk, 1993, p. 233, under no. 302.
J. Bolten, Abraham Bloemaert, c. 1565-1651. The Drawings, s.l., 2007, I, p. 249, under no. 722, II, fig. 722c.
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This drawing was made by Bloemaert as the initial design for a print in the series of ‘Slothful villagers’ (fig. 1; see Roethlisberger, op. cit., I, no. 302, II, fig. 439; and Bolten, op. cit., I, p. 249, under no. 722, II, fig. 722a), of which the definitive composition, engraved by his son Cornelis, shows the sleeping sportsman with his legs outstretched and with his catch in the foreground, while both dogs appear behind him. None of the final models for the series seem to have survived, but there is a black chalk study for one of the other prints (Bolten, op. cit., I, p. 249, under no. 719, II, fig. 719b). The style of the designs can be dated around 1625-1630.
Fig. 1. Cornelis Bloemaert, after Abraham Bloemaert, A resting sportsman resting under a tree with two dogs. Engraving. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, inv. RP-P-BI-1391.

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