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Two studies of a saddled horse and of a horse with a boy astride; verso: Study of a bean plant

Artist:
Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)
Date:
ca. 1602
Medium:
Pen and brown ink; verso: pen and brown ink, green and brown watercolour, grey wash
Dimensions:
Sheet: 6 15/16 x 11 5/16 in. (17.7 x 28.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, by exchange, Harry G. Sperling and Frits and Rita Markus Funds, Sally and Howard Lepow Gift, and Mrs. Howard J. Barnet Gift, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.240a, b
Not on view
Among the best Dutch engravers active in the circle of Hendrick Goltzius, Jacob de Gheyn II is also recognized as one of the great Dutch draftsmen of his time. This double-sided study sheet, which has only recently resurfaced, exemplifies the artist's careful and sensitive observation of nature, as well as his virtuoso drawing technique, which was rooted in his training as a printmaker. Studies of the same horse are found on two other drawings, one in Amsterdam (Stichtung P. en N. de Boer) and the other in Paris (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts). The latter sheet also bears sketches related to a print dated 1603, which provides an approximate date for the Museum's drawing.
The provenance of this sheet can be traced back to several of the most outstanding eighteenth-century Dutch collectors of drawings. One of them wrote the words "Keer Om" (Turn over) at the lower left to point to the study of a bean plant on the back, one of the rare examples of a watercolor by De Gheyn.
Inscription: At lower left, inscribed: "Keer Om" in pen and brown ink, by Jan Pietersz. Zomer. Verso: at upper left, inscribed (vertically) "N 633." in pen and brown ink, by Abraham van Broyel; at center left, inscribed (vertically) "de Gijn" in graphite (19th-century handwritting); below, inscribed (vertically) "M O = £.56" in red wax crayon, by Michiel Oudaan
Jan Pietersz. Zomer (Dutch, Amsterdam 1641–1699 Amsterdam); Abraham van Broyel (Amsterdam, died ca. 1759); his sale, Hendrik de Leth (Dutch, Amsterdam 1703–1766 Amsterdam), Makelaar; Michiel Oudaan (ca. 1702–1766, Rotterdam), his sale, November 3, 1766, album L, lot 54; Johan Goll van Franckenstein Sr. (1722–1785 Amsterdam); Johan Goll van Franckenstein Jr. (1756–1821 Amsterdam); possibly owned by his son Pieter Hendrik Goll van Franckenstein (1787–1832 Amsterdam), perhaps his sale, Amsterdam, July 1, 1833, album Z, one of no. 45-52; Private Collection, descendants of Oliver de Prat, "Hôtel Albret", Fontainebleau; its sale, Jean-Pierre Osenat Fontainebleau SVV, October 21, 2007, lot 43, (as by an artist of the Dutch School, 17th century); Bob P. Haboldt and Co., Inc.; Vendor: Bob P. Haboldt and Co., Inc.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," March 19, 2015–June 22, 2015.

Hendrik de Leth Catalogus van een uitmunted kabinet teekeningen, miniatuuren en waterverwen van de befte Italiaansche, Nederlandsche en Fransche meestersIn veele Jaaren uit de voornaamste kabinetten met veel moeite, kennis en kosten by een verzameld en nagelaaten door de Sale cat. Amsterdam, 1759, cat. no. 499.

Johannes de Bosch, J. Burgvliet, R. Arrenberg Naamlyst van het beroem en zeer uitmuntend kabinet teekeningen, crayonnen en miniatuuren door de voornaamfte Italiaansche, Fransche, Nederlandsche en andere meesters Alles, met zwaare kosten en onvermoeide vlyt, by een verzameld door wylen den voornaamen Konstminnaar, den Heer Michiel Oudaan. Rotterdam, 1766, cat. no. 54.

J. Q. van Regteren Altena Jacques de Gheyn, Three Generations. vols. 1-3, The Hague, 1983, cat. no. II: 845.

Hôtel Drouot, Paris "Franc succès pour les collections de l'hôtel d'Albret" in La Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot. vol. 37, 2007, 51, ill.

Stijn Alsteens, Carmen C. Bambach, Perrin Stein "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2008-2010." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 68, no. 2, Fall 2010, p. 29 (entry written by Stijn Alsteens), ill.

"Calendar" The Burlington Magazine. vol. 153, no. 1295, February 2011, p.143, fig. 82, ill.



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