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Cornelis Troost (1697-1750)

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Cornelis Troost (1697-1750)

A Corps de Garde with Officers playing Cards

signed and dated 'C. Troost.1744'; bodycolour
295 x 412 mm.
Provenance
H. Busserus; Amsterdam, 12 Oct. 1782, lot 1 (fl. 182 to Maarseveen)
H. van Maarseveen; Amsterdam, 28 Oct. 1793, lot E3 (fl. 112 to Gildemeester)
C. Ploos van Amstel; Amsterdam, 3 March 1800, lot U3 (fl. 60 to De Groot)
J. Gildemeester; Amsterdam, 24 Sept. 1800, lot L.8, (fl. 60 to 'Boms' (de Bosch?))
B. de Bosch; Amsterdam, 10 March 1817, lot D.3 (fl. 85 to J. de Vries)
H. van Cranenburgh; Amsterdam, 26 Oct.1858, lot A.19 (fl. 93 to Lamme)
J. de Vos; Amsterdam, 22-24 May 1883, lot 516 (fl. 310 to Coster)
Bought by the father of the present owner during World War II
Literature
J.W. Niemeijer, Cornelis Troost 1696-1750, Assen, 1973, no. 698 T
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Lot Essay

The present lot is the drawn version of the picture (Niemeijer, op.cit. no. 697 S), once in the collection of J.B.P. Lebrun in Paris, only known through the engraving in the same sense by L.F. Garreau of 1787 in 'Galerie des peintres.... par J.B.P. Lebrun' III, Paris, 1796, facing p.5. Lebrun comments (op.cit. p.5): 'Celui que j'ai fait graver est dans le genre oú it s'est le plus fait admirer. Une connaissance exacte de la perspective et des effets piquans ont répondu un charme réel dans ses reproductions justement rechercheés en Hollande'. Troost was especially known for his interior scenes, including theatrical, genre and military scenes. Certain characters in the military scenes reappear in several drawings. As officers at the time were allowed to wear whatever they chose, it is difficult to identify individual regiments with their different colours.
'The first military scene by Troost is a drawing dated 1736 in the Museum Teyler, Haarlem. As from 1740 onwards, more and more military scenes seem to have been produced, when Troost was already 40 or 50 years old, and thus forming an important part of his late work.' (J.W. Niemeijer, op.cit., p. 91)

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