"A serene and contemplative shepherd.........his eyes closed in devout piety, his hands clasped around his shepherd's crook, as if he is praying the Angelus"
The stilistic components of this drawing strongly remind of one of the members of the drawing Society "Zonder Wet of Spreuk" (Withoud Law or Saying) and specifically of Jean Augustin Daiwaille (Cologne 1786-1850 Rotterdam). The stern though contemplative expression frequently appears in his drawn and etched oeuvre, specifically in two drawings after Jean-Baptiste Greuze.
Jean Augustin Daiwaille was a member of Teekengenootschap (gekleed model) onder de spreuk Zonder Wet of Spreuk (Drawing society (dressed model) by the saying Without Law or Saying).
During it's existence between 1808 and 1819 drawing society "Zonder Wet of Spreuk" (Withour Law or Saying) counted seventeen active members (among which were artist and dealers). The artists gathered mostly at the house of member Gerrit Jan Michaëlis (1775-1876) on monday evenings between the months of November and March. Inspired by their seventeenth century predecessors Cornelis Bega, Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde and Adriaen van de Velde, they sketched after living models who were always dressed and never served as nude models, though often depicted barefoot. The studies drawn at "Zonder Wet of Spreuk" show mostly serene poses dressed in rural fashion and were often literally pasted as staffage into landscape paintings by it's members.
Manshoofd, naar rechts, met gesloten ogen, Jean Augustin Daiwaille, naar Jean-Baptiste Greuze, 1796 - 1850. Pencil. black chalk, 214 x 170 mm. Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, inv. no. RP-T-1948-455.
Manshoofd, neerziend naar rechts, Jean Augustin Daiwaille, naar Jean-Baptiste Greuze, 1796 - 1850. Pencil, black chalk, 212 x 170 mm. Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, inv. no. RP-T-1948-457.
R.J. te Rijdt, Figuurstudies van het Amsterdamse particuliere tekengenootschap "Zonder Wet of Spreuk" (ca. 1808-1819). Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum 38 (1990), p. 223-244.
P. Knolle, 'De Amsterdamse stadstekenacademie, een 18de-eeuwse 'oefenschool' voor modeltekenaars', Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 30 (1979), p. 1-41.
R.J. te Rijdt, Nederlandse figuurstudies 1700-1850. Rijksprentenkabinet Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, No. XXV 5 februari - 1 mei 1994.