CORNELIS PLOOS VAN AMSTEL (Weesp 1726 – 1798 Amsterdam) after GOVERT FLINCK (Cleves 1615 – 1660 Amsterdam)
Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (Weesp 1726 – 1798 Amsterdam) after Govert Flinck (Cleves 1615 – 1660 Amsterdam)
Man at a Parapet
Etching and aquatint, 252 x 186 mm (9.9 x 7.3inch); hinged onto crème card with framing lines in pencil and grey wash
Cornelis Ploos van Amstel’s coat-of-arms stamp on verso
Printed in 1773 and published in 1774
Private collection, The Netherlands
This “prenttekening”, “print drawing” or “crayon manner” was executed in the sophisticated technique developed by Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, a combination of etching (for the lines) and aquatint (for the “washes” or half tones), which copies a drawing of 1643 by Rembrandt’s pupil Govert Flinck, currently preserved in the Schlossmuseum in Weimar.1 Ploos was a voracious collector, who amassed some five thousand drawings by the best Dutch masters.
1. See T. Laurentius, J.W. Niemeijer and G. Ploos van Amstel, Cornelis Ploos van Amstel 1726-1798, Kunstverzamelaar en Prentuitgever, Assen 1980, p.265, no.23.