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Harbour scene; seen from above, with fishing boats at the quay which juts out in the foreground, various figures including two sitting on an up-turned boat on the quay, a jetty in the distance at left
Pen and brown ink, with brown and blue wash, over black chalk
Watermark: unidentified coat-of-arms (30 x 30 mm)
- Production date
- 1603 (c.)
Height: 232 millimetres
Width: 286 millimetres (corners cut, sheet made up)
- Curator's comments
- This drawing is a preparatory study for some details (the ships; two men leaning on the boat; fisherman holding a skate at left) in the 1603 painting by Brueghel 'The Large Fishmarket' in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, inv.no.1889; see K. Ertz, "Jan Brueghel der Ältere: Die Gemälde", Cologne, 1979, cat.no.91, fig.10. The wash could have been applied later as it does not follow the lines of the ship sails correctly; a feature which can be seen in some of Brueghel's drawings. A pen and ink drawing showing the same composition, is now generally considered a copy; it is in the Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam; see M. Schapelhouman, 'Nederlandse tekeningen omstreeks 1600', 1987, p.31,under no.18.
Literature: M. Winner, 'Zeichnungen des Älteren Jan Brueghel', in Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen 3 (1961), Berlin, 1961, pp.204-206; A. Van Camp, in M. Neumeister (ed.), ''Breughel: Gemälde von Jan Brueghel d. Ä", exh.cat. Alte Pinakothek, Munich, 2013, cat.no.45; T. Gerszi and L. Wood Ruby, 'Jan Brueghel: A Magnificent Draftsman' (Antwerp, 2019), fig. 49.2 and p. 133.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2013 Mar-Jun, Germany, Munich, Alte Pinakothek, 'Jan Brueghel the Elder'.
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