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Design for a wall in a garden grotto; a water deity sitting at the centre beneath an arch formed by rocks or trees, his hands on two ship's wheels, surrounded by creatures including crustaceans, fish, mammals and anthropomorphic figures
Pen and brown ink with grey wash and watercolour, on four sheets of paper
- Production date
- 1620-1625 (c.)
Height: 228 millimetres
Width: 742 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is a design commissioned by Prince Maurice for a grotto in the Buitenhof in The Hague, around the 1620s. The grotto was probably only completed after 1625 by Prince Frederik Hendrik and after his death in 1629 by his son.
An earlier version of this design (in pen and brown ink with grey wash over black chalk; 181 x 302 mm) is in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, inv.no.1954.3 (Van Regteren Altena, cat.no.162).
Literature: F. Stampfle, "A design for a garden grotto by Jacques de Gheyn II", in Master Drawings 3 (1965), pp.381-383; I.Q. van Regteren Altena, "Grotten in de tuinen der Oranjes", in Oud-Holland 85 (1970), pp.33-44; I.Q. van Regteren Altena, "Jacques de Gheyn, Three Generations", 1983, cat.no.163; A.W.F.M. Meij, 'Jacques de Gheyn II als tekenaar', exh.cat. Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam and National Gallery of Art Washington, 1985-1986, cat.no.100.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1985/6 Dec-Feb, Rotterdam, 'De Gheyn', no. 100
1986 Mar-May, Washington NG of Art, 'De Gheyn', no. 100
2000/1 Dec-Mar, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 'Maurits, Prince of Orange'
2006/7 Oct-Jan, Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts, 'L'Homme Paysage'
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: A,22.54