Jan Brueghel the Younger (Antwerp 1601 - Antwerp 1678)
Schloss Hermannstein, near Wetzlar Three figure studies (verso)
signed in pen and brown ink below the image: Joan breugel 1616 den 1 septemberinscribed on the verso: het huys te hermansteyn / by wetselaersigned on the verso: Joan breugel antverpiensis 1616pen and brown inkSOLD130 x 168 mm
Sir Joshua Reynolds, Lugt 2364Douwes Fine Art, Amsterdam, 1955Martin Asscher, London, 1955Carl Duits, London; thence by descent
Winner, Zeichnungen des Alteren Jan Brueghel, Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen 3, 1961, (note 10), p. 224, figs. 32-33An Van Camp, Jan Brueghel the Younger and the Nuremberg drawings, Delineavit et Sculpsit, October 2013, no 36, p. 42, no. 8, illustrated
Previously attributed to Jan Brueghel the Elder, An Van Camp (see literature) has recently re-attributed this drawing, amongst a group of eleven so-called Nuremberg Drawings to his son, Jan Brueghel the Younger. Matthias Winner (see literature) had initially described four drawings as belonging to this group of topographical views showing the region. They are united by their comparable signatures and the place name mentioned below the images: Joan breugel 1616 In neurenberg or a variant spelling. Our drawing has a directly comparable inscription and date and shows a location 300 kilometers from Nuremberg.