103. [German school]
Attributed to CLEYN II, Francis
Drawing, black chalk, brown wash, heightened with white, 18,5 x 11,7 cm, laid paper, unsigned (s. toned, frayed at the left edge, repaired and reinforced with Japan paper on verso).
Under passe-partout, under wooden frame.
Francis Cleyn the Elder (1582-1658) was a native of Rostock in Mecklenberg and worked mainly at the Danish court of Christian IV and the English court of James I and Charles I. After settling permanently in England in 1625 he became associated with the Mortlake Tapestry Works, established by the Crown in 1619. Cleyn was known both for his narrative and technical skills as a painter and draughtsman. This drawing, representing Christ kneeling and writing in the sand before the adulterous woman in classical architecture, comes very close to both the technical execution and style of Cleyn. The sheet can be compared to sheets in the so-called Southampton Album (Southampton University), where similar references were made to Raphaelesque compositions and figural types.
Ref. D. Howarth, "The Southampton Album: A Newly Discovered Collection of Drawings by Francis Cleyn the Elder", Master Drawings 49 (2011), pp. 435-478. - J. Wood, "Orazio Gentileschi and some Netherlandish artists in London: the patronage of the Duke of Buckingham, Charles I and Henrietta Maria", Simiolus 28 (2000-2001), p. 124. - https://rkd.nl/explore/artists/17262.
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