Winter scene with skaters and hunters


Alkmaar 1621 – 1675 Amsterdam 

Winter scene with skaters and hunters 

Pen and brush in brown ink over traces of black chalk; brown ink framing lines.

65 x 94 mm (2-1/2 x 3-3/4 in).

WATERMARK: none. (R8)
CHAIN LINES: horizontal, 24 mm.
INSCRIPTIONS: monogrammed AVE at lower left (pen in brown ink); verso, lower left A v Everdingen/ hoog 2 ½ d/ br 3 ¾ d (pen in brown ink; in the hand of C. Ploos van Amstel); at lower right 122 (pencil); at lower left 4 (pencil).
PROVENANCE: Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (L. 3002-4), his sale, Amsterdam, 3 March 1800, lot N.30 (with another Everdingen landscape drawing).

Einar Perman, Stockholm, his sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby Mak van Waay, 9 June 1975, lot 119.

C. F. Karsten, New Canaan, Connecticut.

Sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 16 January 1985, lot 56, 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.

This tiny, fascinating drawing is remarkable not only for its size but also for its detail and finish.  Alice I. Davies (1972) has discussed the various series of drawings that van Everdingen executed and this work may be from a series of the months.

A precise copy, in reverse direction, is preserved in the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (inv. no. 7307).  The copy, which is almost the same size (62 x 94 mm) and in the same media as the present drawing, was discovered by Leena Peck and Sheldon Peck.  It may have been made by Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, the eighteenth-century collector and printmaker who once owned the present drawing.  Ploos made and commissioned numerous prints after seventeenth-century drawings, including van Everdingen’s (see Laurentius, Niemeijer and Ploos van Amstel 1980, p. 271, cat. no. 36, the view of a village).  The Copenhagen drawing, which is looser, less precise, and more atmospheric than the present drawing, may have been done in preparation for one of these prints.