Dutch School, 17th century Sheperd with cattle and dog

This study of a shepherd with cattle and dog is closely related to Nicolaes Berchem (1621-1683) and his School, though after thoroughly comparing the sheet with Berchem's drawings, he is not the author of the present sheet.[1]

Following the composition with the main focus on the left with trees, a shepherd surrounded by cattle and his dog with a see through on the far right, the composition of this red chalk drawing is closely related to pictures by Simon van der Does (1653-1718).[2][3]

The sketchy use of red chalk combined with the hatching also shows influences of Adriaen van de Velde (1636-1672), as the study is closely related to a red chalk study by him at the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig.[4]



[1] First hand studying of the originals at the Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam together with Dr. Annemarie Stefes and correspondence by e-mail afterwards, 24 July 2019.

[2] Prof. dr. Yvonne Bleyerveld, correspondence by e-mail, 18 April 2021.

[3] Sander Paarlberg, correspondence by e-mail, 22 February 2021.

[4] Adriaen van de Velde, Hirtinnen mit Kuh und Schafen.
Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum Braunschweig, inv. no. Z 3327.

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