Attributed to Adam Perrelle
Paris 1640 Paris 1695
River Landscape with Travellers Crossing a Bridge

PROVENANCE: Earl Spencer (1708-1746) (Frits Lugt 1530), his inscription on the mount A Perelle/ 40, his sale, Phillips London, June 1811, bought by William Esdaile (1758-1837) (Frits Lugt 2617), his inscription Lord Spencers coll. 1811 WE P 75 N 40 verso; Alfred A. Haley, Walton, Wakefield, his label on the mount, verso [see image]; Professor Raymond E. Pahl, FBA (1935-2011).

Pencil, pen and brown ink and brown wash, inscribed in pencil in lower left corner Adam Perelle

90 x 148 mm (3 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.)


Adam Perelle came from a family of distinguished engravers. He is the son of Gabriel Perelle (1604-1677) and the younger brother of Nicolas Perelle. Adams work is difficult to distinguish from that of his father or brother. There are about 1300 engraved landscapes by the Perelle family.

Stylistically this drawing does not compare closely with the accepted drawings by Adam Perrelle, for example the pen and ink drawing of View of the Chteau of Saint-Cloud in the cole des Beaux-Arts, which is an accepted drawing by the artist and is for an engraving1. It is possible that is drawing is by another 17th century French draughtsman influenced by the Perelle engravings, which would have been known extensively. However in the early 19th century when this drawing was in the collection of Earl Spencer and William Esdaile the Adam Perrelle attribution was fully given.

1.E. Brugerolles, Le dessin en France au XVIIe sicle, dans les collections de Lcole des Beaux-Arts, exhibition catalogue, 12 janvier 2001-1 dcembre 2002, number 85, page 325-8.

This is catalogue Number 25, in the on-line e-catalogue of 'Drawings, Prints and Paintings from the Collection of Professor Raymond E. Pahl, FBA (1935-2011)', see here for the catalogue.