CORNELIS PLOOS VAN AMSTEL (Weesp 1726 – 1798 Amsterdam) after GOVERT FLINCK (Cleves 1615 – 1660 Amsterdam)

Cornelis Ploos van Amstel

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

Provenance
Private collection, The Netherlands

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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.

€ 250

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.