JAN DE BISSCHOP (Amsterdam 1628-1671 The Hague)
Two groups of men by an altar, after the antique
inscribed ‘sacrificium’ (upper left), and with inscription ‘Bischop’ (verso)
pen and brown ink, brown wash
312 x 514 in. (8.9 x 13.3 cm)
Richard Houlditch, Sr. (died 1736), London (L. 2214, with his associated number ‘3’); by descent to his son,
Richard Houlditch, Jr. (died 1760), London.
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, Amsterdam, 13 November 1995, lot 167.
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, South Kensington, 19 April 1996, lot 215.
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The two groups of men depicted here are drawn after Roman antique reliefs, which De Bisschop, who never travelled to Italy, knew from prints and drawings (R.E. Jellema and M. Plomp, Episcopius. Jean de Bisschop (1628-1671). Lawyer and Draughtsman, exhib. cat., Amsterdam, Museum Het Rembrandthuis, 1992, p. 22). The left portion is copied after plate 42 of François Perrier’s Icones et segmenta illustrium e marmore tabularum (1645), reproducing a relief on the Arch of Constantine. A group of similar drawings by De Bisschop, also after Perrier, are in an album at the Victoria and Albert Museum (J. Turner in Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, I, nos. 23.22-23.140).

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