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frontispiece / drawing / album

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1836,0811.614

  • Description

    Frontispiece to a drawings album, with oval auricular cartouche with fruit garlands draped over, on a small pedestal; the title written at the centre in pen and ink; folio 1 from De Wael's Album
    Black chalk with pen and brown ink and grey wash

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1640-1650 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 215 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 305 millimetres
    • Height: 266 millimetres (album)
    • Width: 386 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed with title, in pen and brown ink: "ORDONNANSIEN / ende in Venitien / gheteekent te Romen / door den vermarden / Cornelis de Wael / Schilder van Antwerpen".
  • Curator's comments

    This is the frontispiece to an album with 53 drawings by Cornelis de Wael. For the complete album see 1836,0811.614-667 (1836,0811.625 has been omitted). This frontispiece was most likely not drawn by Cornelis de Wael himself, but maybe by one of his contemporaries who got hold of this set of drawings.
    The album is bound in brown leather with gold tooling on the spine, containing 48 numbered drawings and a frontispiece, all pasted on blue paper. There are four additional drawings inserted at the end of the album (1836,0811.664-667), of which the last two also contain sketches on the verso. Most drawings show genre subjects such as scenes with soldiers, travellers, peasants, a market etc. They are executed in pen and brown ink, occasionally with brown or grey wash; one drawing in pen and blue ink with blue wash and another in brush and brown wash.

    Literature: Alison Stoesser,'The album of drawings by Cornelis de Wael (1592-1667) in the British Museum...a preliminary study', in 'Aux Quatre Vents. A Festschrift for Bert W. Meijer', 2002, pp.299-303.

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  • Bibliography

    • Hind 1915-31 2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (197.b.12)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1836

  • Acquisition notes

    There is an armorial ex-libris (Franks Bookplates, No.23283) of John Percival, pasted on the inside front cover lettered with the motto "SVB CRVCE CANTO" on a banderole and "Iohn Ld. Percival Baron of Burton,/in the County of Cork in Ireland. 1715.". Inscribed by Percival on the the first blank leaf "Bought at Antwerp 18 June 1718".

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1836,0811.614

Frontispiece to a drawings album, with oval auricular cartouche with fruit garlands draped over, on a small pedestal; the title written at the centre in pen and ink; folio 1 from De Wael's Album  Black chalk with pen and brown ink and grey wash

Recto

Frontispiece to a drawings album, with oval auricular cartouche with fruit garlands draped over, on a small pedestal; the title written at the centre in pen and ink; folio 1 from De Wael's Album Black chalk with pen and brown ink and grey wash

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