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DUTCH SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY
A pelican
graphite, watercolour, bodycolour, watermark (coat of arms with a lion)
7 ½ x 9 ½ in. (19.1 x 24 cm)
Provenance
Franz Gawet (1765-1847), Vienna (L. 1069, ‘F. Gawet 1828’ in pen and brown ink on verso)

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Martin Kisch has remarked that the drawing of the pelican must be by an Amsterdam artist named Jacob Quina the Younger (1634-1699), with a reference to his article ‘Fowl Play? From Van Borssom to Quina and La Cambre’ in Master Drawings, XXXVI, no. 1, Spring, 1998, pp. 45-52. I suggest we add a saleroom notice:
We are grateful to Martin Royalton-Kisch for suggesting an attribution of this drawing to Jacob Quina the Younger (1634-1699), an Amsterdam artist specializing in depictions of birds, discussed in his article ‘Fowl Play? From Van Borssom to Quina and La Cambre’, Master Drawings, XXXVI, no. 1, Spring 1998, pp. 45-52. In particular a sheet in the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett (inv. KdZ 546; see ibid., p. 46, fig. 6) offers a close comparison, both in style and technique.

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