Adrianus de Visser
Rotterdam 1762-Alkmaar 1837
A Peasant and his Mule approaching a Village

PROVENANCE: Sale Amsterdam, Sotheby Mak van Waay, 18 November 1980, lot 185.

Signed 'A de Visser' (lower right)

Graphite, grey wash

300 x 450 mm. (11 x 17 in.)

The artist was a pupil of Balthasar-Paul Ommeganck-see Henricus Josephus Antonissen, number 23, for more details. De Visser was also a pupil of Johannes Petrus van Horstock (1745-1825) in Alkmaar. Hendrik Reekers, father Johannes was also a pupil of Horstock. De Visser also worked as a portraitist. De Visser also worked as a portraitist and miniaturist1.

A drawing of a comparable subject is in the British Museum2. I am grateful to Charles Dumas for supplying the provenance.

1.P.J.J. van Thiel, All the paintings in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 1976, p. 767.

2.A.M. Hind, Catalogue of Drawings by Dutch & Flemish artists preserved in the department of Prints & Drawings in the British Museum, vol. IV, London, 1931, p. 186.

(see the Italianate Landscape drawing by Henricus Josephus Antonissen-see for more details).