Description & Technical information

A preparatory study for Anton Mauve's painting De melkbocht (The Milking Yard) of c.1878 in the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the present sheet can also be closely related to a large watercolour of a nearly identical composition, in the same collection.

The Amsterdam accountant Jan Frederik Bianchi (1878-1963) assembled a fine and extensive collection of drawings and prints dating from the 16th to the 19th century, as well as books and Japanese prints.

Date:  1878
Period:  1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  The Netherlands
Medium: Charcoal, White chalk, Blue paper
Signature: Stamped with the artist’s initials AM (Lugt 143) at the lower right. Inscribed B at the upper right. Numbered No:83 and 9 on the verso. Inscribed De Melkbockt on the old mount.

Dimensions: 33.4 x 24.1 cm (13¹/₈ x 9¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: The studio of the artist, with his atelier stamp (Lugt 143) at the lower right
Thence by descent in the artist’s family
Probably the Mauve studio sale, The Hague, Kleykamp, 22-23 May 1917
Jan Frederik Bianchi, Amsterdam (Lugt 3761), his sale stamp on the verso
Iohan Quirijn van Regteren Altena, Amsterdam (his posthumous sale stamp [Lugt 4617] stamped on the verso)
Thence by descent.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints