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A Huntsman with a Dead Hare and a Dog (Study for "Terra")

A work made of pen and brown ink and brush and gray wash, over touches of charcoal, ruled with pen and black ink, on ivory laid paper, incised with a stylus for transfer, laid down on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink and brush and gray wash, over touches of charcoal, ruled with pen and black ink, on ivory laid paper, incised with a stylus for transfer, laid down on cream laid paper.

Date:

1590/95

Artist:

Jacques de Gheyn II
Dutch, 1565-1629

About this artwork

One of a group of four allegorical representations of the elements, this drawing reflects Jacques de Gheyn II’s innovative approach to the subject. Instead of gods and goddesses, De Gheyn chose earthly figures like a hunter to characterize Earth (Terra), a falconer to represent Air, a fisherman as Water, and a woman cooking game as Fire. The humble image belies his careful incorporation of different media: he layered ink and ink wash over a preliminary sketch executed in charcoal.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jacob de Gheyn, II

Title

A Huntsman with a Dead Hare and a Dog (Study for "Terra")

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1590–1595

Medium

Pen and brown ink and brush and gray wash, over touches of charcoal, ruled with pen and black ink, on ivory laid paper, incised with a stylus for transfer, laid down on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto, lower left corner, in pen and dark brown ink: "8"; verso, upper center, in red pencil: "Lot 439"; center, in graphite: "DeGheyn"; center, in graphite: "gegens Karletzen (?) dem Stiche Host. 49"; lower center, in graphite" "85"; lower margin, in graphite: "De Gheyn"; lower right, in blue pencil: "32"

Dimensions

167 × 137 mm (primary support); 189 × 156 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Olivia Shaler Swan Fund

Reference Number

1969.272

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