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Study of a red catchfly (Lychnis hirsuta)

Artist:
Herman Saftleven II (Dutch, Rotterdam 1609–1685 Utrecht)
Date:
1680
Medium:
Watercolor, gum arabic, silver gouache (?), over a sketch in black chalk
Dimensions:
sheet: 7 13/16 x 6 3/16 in. (19.9 x 15.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.46
Not on view
Signature: At lower left, signed with monogram and dated "HSL.f.1680"

Inscription: Verso: at upper center, partly cut, inscribed "N:a" in pen and brown ink, possibly by the artist; On the verso of the mount: at upper center, inscribed "Lychnis Hirsuta major|sei silvestris" in pen and brown ink, by the artist
probably Agneta Block (1629–1704, Amsterdam and Vijverhof, near Utrecht); possibly Samuel van Huls (Dutch, The Hague 1675–1734 The Hague); his sale, Jean Swart (18th century),May 14, 1736, part of lot 3882; Janet and John E. Marqusee Collection, cat. 565 (from label on frame's reverse); sale, Sotheby's, New York, January 24, 2007, lot 54; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
Jean Swart Catalogue d'un fort grand et excellent cabinet de desseins des plus fameux maitres des Pays-Bas, d'Allemagne, Francois, Anglois, et Italiens: Recueillis depuis plus de 50 ans par feu monsieur S: van Huls. Sale cat. The Hague, May 14, 1736, cat. no. part of lot 3882.

Sotheby's, New York Old Master Drawings. [Sale catalogue]. January 24, 2007, cat. no. 54, ill.



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