Jacob Duck, Rider at the Pillar

The Copy
of the Hippologica Collection Anderhub

Duck, Jacob (Utrecht about 1600 – interred ibid. 1667). The Rider at the Pillar. To the left, supervised there by the instructor with whip in the raised right. At the left edge of the picture little property, at the right overgrown large ruins, in front of which two men with dog observing the exercise. Etching. Sheet size 18,6 × 23,3 cm (7⅜ × 9⅛ in).

Hollstein 9. – On Jakob Duck’s paintings cf. Nanette Salomon, JAKOB DUCK and the Gentrification of Dutch Genre Painting, 1998.

Sheet 3 of a 4-sheet-set and described

neither in Aretin (1830) , Nagler (1863) , Wurzbach (1906) nor Davidsohn (1920)

sheet 3 of a 4-sheet set, both the first two of which by Roman de Hooghe (1645-1708) who had been associated with the whole set, too, as here also the still legible written attribution on the back. On the back of sheet 4, The Waiting Rider by the River, likewise available here – Nagler, Monogramists III, 2184 no. 8; Wurzbach, Jakob Duck, 8; Cat. Davidsohn I, 1378 as Jan Le Ducq ([1629/30 The Hague 1676] “Dubious sheet … Very rare”) with the substantial estimate of 300 reichsmark! – additionally the name of Philips Wouwerman.

With the no. 3 in the white margin below far right. – With almost complete large watermark “Reared Lion in double lined Circle below Fleur-de-lis” with sword in the right and arrows in the left as variant to Heawood 3140-3145 (1651 till c. 1689) inclusive of the fillings in the circle, but without their escutcheon. – Lower right embossed small oval collector’s stamp A (?, H? R?) for which no solution could be researched here with Lugt.

The excellent impression from the J. H. Anderhub Collection .

Not figuring, as further prints, too, in the 1963 sale of books from the “Bibliotheca Hippologica I. H. Anderhub”. (Yale Center for British Art: “… the bulk of this collection, with the exception of some individual prints and plates, was sold in 1963”.)

On three sides trimmed to platemark with margin of 2-4 mm around and plenty white plate field above. Finest vertical little box pleat running through noticeable above and possibly below rider & horse only. – By the same hand as aforementioned sheet 4 —

— “ Brulliot describes this ingeniously etched sheet in the Aretin Catalog no. 4401 with the remark that it were etched in le Ducq’s manner. He missed the (elsewhere as here, too, not discernable signature) letters, an art collector yet paid 100 . for this sheet in the (1830) sale ( !! ) ” (Nagler) —

attributed as now outdated 1863 by Nagler to Jan le Ducq in The Hague as one “of the most excellent Netherlandish masters”, as then according to Thieme-Becker (1914) from the 18th century the works by Jacob Duck (about 1660 to 1661 at The Hague) usually were listed under the name of le Ducq. And 1906 Wurzbach, too:

“ He has to be distinguished from … Jan le Ducq … with whom his artistic personality had been identified or mixed for a long time. According to the range of the subjects of his paintings he is related to Peter Codde and Ant. Palamedes …”

Present pillar rider, however, it shall be repeated, was available neither to Nagler nor Wurzbach, nor did it figure in the Aretin and Davidsohn sales.

The rareness of present sheet thus superb !

Offer no. 28,977 | EUR 630. | export price EUR 599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

“ Thank you Mr. Niemeyer, The prints (you have delivered two weeks ago) are being framed right now. My framer is very particular (works for the National Gallery … ) and I am having a perfect frame made for the large Ridinger (the imperial stag hunt Th. 67). Best regards ”

(Mr. J. R. L., November 19, 2003)