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Hilly landscape with a muleteer in the right foreground; imaginary landscape; a clump of trees on a knoll, a landscape with river and two men crossing a bridge at left, two men driving an ass at right foreground. 1616
Pen and brown ink, with brown and blue wash
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Height: 135 millimetres
Width: 181 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A similar composition is in the Courtauld Art Gallery, London, inv.no.D.1952.RW.1647 (signed and dated 1619). Winner compared both sheets stylistically and described the British Museum drawing as a forgery (copied with variations after the Courtauld sheet). The inscription in the lower margin resembles Brueghel's signature on an authentic drawing showing the environments of Nuremberg in the Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam (signed "Joan breugel 1616 In neurenberg").
Literature: M. Winner, 'Zeichnungen des Älteren Jan Brueghel', in Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen 3 (1961), Berlin, 1961, pp.224-226, fig.34 (as falsification); An Van Camp, 'Jan Brueghel the Younger and the Nuremberg drawings', in Delineavit et Sculpsit 36 (2013), pp.22-43 (as Jan Brueghel the Younger).
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- Acquisition notes
- Inscribed on verso, in pen and ink, by Esdaile: "1801 WE P.120 N.111"; in pencil, in a modern hand, possibly a stock or dealer's mark: "/am: m r: -"; another stock number in pencil in the lower right corner: "98".
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