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A seated peasant mending his doublet c.1620

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A drawing of a young man seated on grass in profile to the left, with his legs stretched out, and his hat and collar (?) beside him 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: 'Graphite with some grey wash and watercolour', 'pencil, grey wash', 'drawing, watercolour painting'

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Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands