Nicolaes Aartman (Amsterdam 1713 - 1760 Amsterdam)
Italian Taverna with Travellers
Grey ink and grey wash on paper, grey ink framing lines, 137 x 198 mm (5.4 x 7.8 inch)
Signed 'A. fec:'
- Unidentified collector's mark J.A.H (blue ink, verso)
- Private collection, The Netherlands
Charming Italianate rural scene with herdsmen and cattle by the rare Amsterdam 18th-century artist Nicolaes Aartman, formerly known as 'Monogrammist A', for his distinctive way of signing his drawings. Best known for the highly finished watercolour drawings such as the present sheet, executed for the albums of contemporary collectors. Other monochrome and signed drawings by Aartman are in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.1
SOLD TO A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, BELGIUM
1. C.White and C.Crawley, The Dutch and Flemish Drawings of the Fifteenth to the Early Nineteenth Centuries in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle, Cambridge 1994, nos. 548-550.
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