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Adriaen Brouwer (Oudenaarde 1605-1638 Antwerp)
Adriaen Brouwer (Oudenaarde 1605-1638 Antwerp)

Studies for an Adoration of the Shepherds

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Adriaen Brouwer (Oudenaarde 1605-1638 Antwerp)
Studies for an Adoration of the Shepherds
black chalk, pen and brown ink, indistinct watermark (Gothic letter H?), brown ink framing lines
7 5/8 x 11 5/8 in. (19.2 x 29.4 cm.)
Provenance
William Bateson (1861-1926) (L. 2604a); Sotheby's, London, 23-24 April 1929, lot 199.
with Nicolaas Beets (1878-1963) and Cassirer, Amsterdam; from whom purchased by I.Q. van Regteren Altena on 1 July 1929 for 560 guilders (Inventory book: '717. t. A. Brouwer schets aanbidding').
Literature
D.A. de Graaf, 'Een 17e eeuwsche decadent: Adriaen Brouwer 1605-1638', Elsevier's geïllustreerd Maandschrift, XLVIII, 1938, p. 107, note 1, pl. XXIV.
J.G. van Gelder, 'Adriaen Brouwer', Beeldende Kunst, XXVII, 1941, p. 71, pl. VIa.
I.Q. van Regteren Altena, 'Hoe tekende Jan Steen?', Oud Holland, LX, 1943, p. 106.
G. Knuttel, Adriaen Brouwer: the Master and his Work, The Hague, 1962, pp. 170 and 188 (as questionable attribution).
Exhibited
Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Meesterwerken uit vier eeuwen 1400-1800, 1938, no. 239, pl. 273 (catalogue by D. Hannema).
Brussels, Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Le siècle de Rubens, 1965, no. 312, illustrated (catalogue by L. van Puyvelde et al.).
Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Paris, Fondation Custodia, and Brussels, Bibliothèque Albert 1er, Le Cabinet d'un Amateur: Dessins flamands et hollandais des XVIe et XVIIe siècles d'une collection privée d'Amsterdam, 1976-77, no. 33, pl. 112 (catalogue by J. Giltaij).

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Lot Essay

Drawings by Brouwer are rare and none can be directly connected to a painting. The nucleus of Brouwer's drawn work is formed by a group of sheets quickly and loosely executed in pen and brown ink with brown wash showing figures in various poses which are similar to the ones sketched in the present drawing.

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