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A Flemish village; at centre a town hall flanked by two tree-lined streets, with open space before it, near the foreground a tall tree used as an archery butt
Pen and brown ink with grey wash, over graphite
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- 1586 (c.)
Height: 184 millimetres
Width: 307 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing was described as Anonymous by Popham, recalling "Lucas van Uden, but it is slightly more primitive in style".
Stefaan Hautekeete convincingly attributed the sheet to Hans Bol in 2012. It is a preparatory study for a gouache drawing on vellum, signed and dated 1586, now in the Gemäldegalerie, Dresden, inv.no.823. A similar composition was later repeated by Hans Bol in another gouache drawing, now in the Royal Library, Brussels, inv.no.SV 31037 (including extra figures and buildings in the foreground; dated around 1591).
The square was formerly identified as the Flemish village Schellebelle. It could actually be a representation of the Franco-Flemish village of Bailleul (or Belle in Dutch), which is now located in the Nord department in France.
Literature: S. Hautekeete, 'New Insights into the Working Methods of Hans Bol', in Master Drawings 50 (2012), pp.334-336, fig.10.
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