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Solicitudo Rustica, Alpine landscape with a winding river, study for a print; a castle in the foreground and a town on the lower slopes of a rocky hillside beyond
Pen and brown ink, over traces of black chalk
- Production date
- 1575-1600 (c.)
Height: 244 millimetres
Width: 351 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Probably the preparatory drawing in reverse for the engraving published by Cock, see 1922,0410.264. Martin Royalton-Kisch suggests an inclusion in the group of 'Savery' imitations, sometimes designated as by the 'Master of the Mountain Landscapes'; see Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Review: Hans Mielke, Pieter Bruegel Die Zeichnungen', in Burlington Magazine 140 (1998), pp. 207-8. It can be argued that the direction of this drawing (in reverse to the print) makes it less likely that this is a copy after the Bruegel print 'Solicitudo Rustica' and rather a preparatory study.
Literature: H. Mielke, Pieter Bruegel. Die Zeichnungen, 1996, cat.no.25 (much reworked original); Nadine M. Orenstein (ed.), 'Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints', exhibition catalogue, The Metropolitan Museum of Arts New York and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, cat.no.125 (as 'Master of the Mountain Landscapes').
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1964, BM, Recent Acquisitions, no.12
1973, BM, Netherlandish prints and drawings, (no cat.)
1984, BM, Master Drawings & Watercolours, no.81
1990 Apr-Aug, BM, Treasures of P&D, (no cat.)
2001, May-Aug, Rotterdam, Boijmans Mus. 'Pieter Bruegel the Elder' (as by 'Master of the Mountain Landscapes')
2001, Sept-Dec, New York, Metropolitan Mus. Art, 'Pieter Bruegel the Elder' (as by 'Master of the Mountain Landscapes')
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
The acquisition was reported in the Trustees Report (no.29).
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