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A woodland road; flanked by high trees in the foreground, a man leading a horse and two other figures descending towards a plain at right. 1604
Pen and brown ink, with brown and blue wash, over black chalk
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Height: 230 millimetres
Width: 194 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing was made from life when Brueghel was apparently travelling in the area around Prague in 1604. While there are no documents confirming this trip, another drawing shows a street in Prague, now in the Fondation Custodia, Paris (inv. no. 2559). The present sheet shows a new approach to drawing from nature that may be influenced by the landscape drawings of Paulus van Vianen who was working in Prague at that time.
Literature: M. Winner, 'Zeichnungen des Älteren Jan Brueghel', in Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen 3 (1961), Berlin, 1961, p.211 and n.49; 'Dutch Landscape: The Early Years', exh.cat. National Gallery, London, 1986, cat.no.9; T. Gerszi and L. Wood Ruby, 'Jan Brueghel: A Magnificent Draftsman' (Antwerp, 2019) no. 54.
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- Exhibition history
1986 Sep-Nov, London, NG, 'Dutch Landscape', no. 9
2019 5 Oct-26 Jan, Antwerp, Rockox House Museum, A Celebration of the Drawn Art of Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625)
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