4 December 2007,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 11,250
Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1684)
The Anglers (Godefroy, Hollstein 26)
etching, circa 1647, Hollstein's third state (of six), before the fine projecting lines under the bridge and the later strengthening of the borderline, a fine impression of this rare state, slightly slipped at the upper right, with an unidentifed Shield watermark, with narrow margins, several soft, vertical creases, a rust spot in the sky above and to the right of the figure with the fishing rod, minor traces of old adhesive on the reverse, otherwise in good condition, framed
P. 114 x 165 mm., S. 123 x 174 mm.
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The present etching is the only one by Ostade that may be properly classified as a landscape. Although the origins of the composition are unclear several of Ostade's contemporaries also made drawings of anglers fishing from wooden bridges. Perhaps the most celebrated of these is Rembrandt's etching of Jan Six's bridge, which was executed two years before the present work (see lot 238 in this sale).
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Combe Collection, according to a pencil annotation on the reverse.