Walled Italian village


Jacob van der ULFT

Gorkum 1621 – 1689 Noordwijk

Walled Italian village

Brush in brown ink over black chalk; brown ink framing lines.

203 x 329 mm (8 x 13 in).

WATERMARK: countermark LM,

similar to Heawood no. 2738 (no date). (R32)

CHAIN LINES: horizontal, 25 mm.
PROVENANCE: Baron van Hardenbroek, Langbroek, 18th century.

Antiquariaat De Kruyff, Zeist, 1980-1.

Hans van Leeuwen, Amerongen (L. 2799a), his sale, Amsterdam, Christie’s, 24 November 1992, lot 197, acquired at the sale.

EXHIBITIONS: Robinson, Franklin W. and Peck, Sheldon. Fresh Woods and Pastures New: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Landscape Drawings from the Peck Collection. Chapel Hill/ Ithaca/ Worcester. 1999-2001. Published catalogue.

Jacob van der Ulft, who seems never to have visited Italy himself, may have replicated many of his Italian scenes from similar drawings, in a similarly glowing golden brown ink, by Jan de Bisschop (just as he copied Pieter Saenredam’s portrait of the old Amsterdam town hall).

This drawing, set down in serene and lush “Bisschop ink,” is typical of van der Ulft’s love of ruins, and of Italy, preoccupations that characterized so many of his Dutch contemporaries.  Fairly similar scenes are in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, and the De Grez Collection, Brussels, and, in particular, in a sale, Berlin (Max Perl), November 8-9, 1926, no. 714.

Like the preceding drawing, this richly washed sketch was part of a Jacob van der Ulft album in the collection of Baron van Hardenbroek.  The present sheet is preserved on a blue laid album page, which has a watermark dating to 1769, Amsterdam (countermark D&C BLAUW, Heawood no. 3267).