Marcellus Laroon the Elder (French, The Hague 1653–1702 Surrey)
Pen and brown ink on laid paper
sheet: 3 7/16 x 2 1/4 in. (8.8 x 5.7 cm)
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 2009
Not on view
Laroon came to London from The Hague in 1674 and established himself as a studio assistant to Sir Godfrey Kneller. Working independently, he also painted portraits and drew vivid genre subjects whose unsentimental approach to everyday life anticipates William Hogarth. This small figure drawing on card likely once belonged to a large set and its style echoes engravings Laroon designed in 1687 titled "The Cryes of the City of London Drawne after the Life." Rather than an urban street vendor, however, this shows a uniformed drummer on horseback.
Inscription: each inscribed with the artist’s initials at upper right: “ML”.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, April 19, 1992, lot 28, bought by the following; Private Collection, United Kingdom, sold by "a gentleman" at the following; Sale, Sotheby's, London, December 4, 2008, lot 117; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich