10 November 1999
Jan Gerard Smits (1823-1910)
Elegant Company on a Dune overlooking the Sea addressed by a Beggar
signed and dated 'J.G. Smits f./53.'
pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour, heightened with white, pencil framing lines
235 x 302 mm.
with Van Lier, Utrecht, 1962
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Zeist, 1960, no. 64
Smits, who worked and died in his native The Hague, was a pupil of S.L. Verveer (see lot 253 in this sale), and later taught Queen Sophie of the Netherlands (1818-1877)
Introducing the first auction in a series of three offering the collection of Paul Destribats, the Paris-based bibliophile
A cheaper, quicker alternative to oil paint, pastel became the perfect medium for portraits of the middle class