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Recto: A fisherman and a milkmaid in a river landscape. Verso: Sketch of an elegantly dressed couple seen from the back c.1620

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Recto: a drawing of a fisherman on the left, and a milkmaid, on the right, approaching one another. He carries a net and a bucket, and she carries pails and a yoke. In the centre is a small dog, beyond which are two cows and a flat-bottomed boat carrying three cows being pushed off the river bank by a man. Verso: the upper halves of an elegantly-dressed couple. RL 6465-6513 amount to nearly one third of Avercamp's known drawings and represent the largest holding in one collection. They cover all categories of his drawings- studies of single figures, and groups, genre scenes and landscapes- and illustrate his considerable variety in finish and technique. In general the artist did not make preparatory drawings. They seem to have been made for their own sake, and some of the more finished coloured sheets were probably sold. The remainder served as a vocabulary of human behaviour as for the most part seen in the provincial town of Kampen.

Descriptive Medium: 'Pen and brown ink with brown wash and watercolour over graphite.', 'pencil, pen and brown ink, brown wash', 'drawing, watercolour painting'

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Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands