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A Man and His Dog on a Path in a Wooded Landscape. Black chalk, pen and grey ink, grey wash. Initials “AW” and “Gerkhusen ... / Graafschaft Bentem” inscribed in pencil on the verso. 16.3 x 19.1 cm.
Like many of Anthonie Waterloo’s works this intimate and delightfully atmospheric landscape with a man and his dog walking along a hilly woodland path has been drawn in pen and brush over a chalk sketch made “from life” and executed with the artist’s typically robust and fluid linework. According to the inscription on the verso, the sheet shows an impression of the surroundings of the little town of Bad Bentheim close to the border with the Netherlands, possibly of the Gildehaus area to be more precise. Waterloo is known to have undertaken journeys to this region from 1653 to 1655, including to Bentheim and Kleve. Several drawings by the artist from this time are to be found in various collections, including two views of Bentheim Castle in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (inv. no. RP-T-1890-A-2315) and the Teyler Museum in Haarlem (object no.
P 021) respectively and a view of a ravine with Bentheim Castle in the distance, which is attributed to Waterloo, in the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main (inv. no. 2816). From the collection of Johan Quirijn van Regteren Altena, Amsterdam (Lugt 4617).