10 December 2014
This lot is offered without a reserve
Jacob Perkois (Middelburg 1756-1804)
A man carrying a magic lantern; and A young woman from Gorinchem
with inscription 'door J. Perkois' (1), and signed with initials 'J.P.' and inscribed 'Gorinchem' (2)
black chalk and watercolour, watermark D & C BLAUW (1), brown ink framing lines
12 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (31.4 x 20 cm.); and 11¼ x 7¾ in. (28.6 x 19.8 cm.)
Albert van Loock (b. 1917) (2).
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L.J. Bol, 'Jacobus Perkois: Kunstteekenaar', Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, XXI, 1970, pp. 269 and 284, fig. 14 (1).
The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, Nederlandsche aquarellen van 1780-1830, 1942, no. 96 (1).
These studies are part of a series of drawings of which some were engraved by Mattheus de Sallieth (1749-1791) for Verzameling van verschillende gekleede mans- en vrouwenstanden, ter oefening van jonge schilders en liefhebbers, first published by Johannes Immerzeel, Rotterdam, 1818.
The study of the man carrying the magic lantern is among the earliest known depiction of a portable camera obscura. A camera obscura is depicted in a drawing by Francesco Guardi from the Van Regteren Altena Collection to be offered at Christie's, Paris, 25 March 2015.
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