Crispian Riley-Smith Fine Arts Ltd

Dawn dispersing the Clouds of Night

Jacob de Wit (Amsterdam 1695-Amsterdam 1754)

Signed J de Wit f
Black chalk with traces of red chalk, pen and brown ink, heightened with white, watermark Strasbourg lily (cut), pen and brown ink framing lines
207 x 290 mm. (8 x 11 in.)

Jacob de Wit
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Jacob de Wit, Jan van Huysum and Cornelis Troost are some of the Dutch 18th Century artists with an international reputation.
De Wit drew numerous drawings for ceiling designs1, which are closely comparable to our drawing.
1.Catalogue of Drawings and Watercolours in the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1976, cat.no.364; and Dutch Masterpieces from the Eighteenth Century, Paintings and Drawings, 1700-1800, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 1971-March 1972, no.15.