© Royal Collection Trust | Licence: All Rights Reserved
© Royal Collection Trust | Licence: All Rights Reserved

Two studies of a knife-grinder c.1620

Comments? Do please tell us: [email protected]

From the Collection


A drawing of a knife-grinder, with his back to the viewer, sharpening a knife, watched by three boys on the right and a woman behind. The grinding wheel, which is rotated by means of a pedal, is cooled by water dripping from a barrel-like container. There is a preliminary sketch of the same subject, upper left. 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, pen and brown ink with brown wash and watercolour', 'pencil, pen and brown ink, brown wash', 'drawing, watercolour painting'

Image Licence

Image Credit

© Royal Collection Trust

From the Watercolour World


Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands