Jacob Duck, Waiting Rider at the River

“ … yet (1830) an Art Collector
Paid … 100 . for this Sheet ”

Duck, Jacob (Utrecht about 1600 – interred ibid. 1667). The River Landscape with the Waiting Rider to the left (sic!, see below). This dominating right in front, awaiting another passing through the river. Both supposedly officers. In small figure behind the latter a soldier wading up to his knees, supposedly a lance in his right, while the left points at a small figure swimming or rafting. On top of the bluff rock on the opposite bank on the left a building with bulky round tower. A further structure below on the bank far left. And towards the right edge of the picture a group of edifices with bulbous top, behind which the river bends to the left, in the distance abreast a ridge on this bank navigated by a sailing boat. Etching. Sheet size 7⅛ × 9⅛ in (18 × 23.3 cm).

Hollstein 8; Nagler, Monogramists, III (1863), Ducq, 2184, 8; Wurzbach I (1906), 434, Duck, 8; Cat. Davidsohn I (1920), Ducq, 1378 (“Dubious sheet … Very rare”, besides referring to Weigel, Supplement, pp. 24 f. & Dutuit V, p. 47). – Closing sheet of a 4-sheet set – the 3rd a riding school scene at the pillar – , both the first two of which by Roman de Hooghe (1645-1708) who had been associated with the whole set, too. So then still legible written attributions on the back of both the sheets here, too, the present one in addition with the name of Philips Wouwerman.

With the no. 4 in the white margin below far right, yet hardly with “In front in the center of the grass ground, slightly to the left … letters I D f.” observed by Nagler. Regarding this Wurzbach then notes “According to Nagler allegedly inscribed …”. Brulliot would have missed it, too, see below. – 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 painterly sheet in the excellent impression of 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, above rather to the edge of the picture with, however, plenty white plate field. This far left and center with noticeable quite faint touch of browning. Two fine vertical little box pleats running through worth mentioning on front above of horse & rider only. So, too, a slight diagonal trace of fold in the lateral right white subject.

Attributed 1863 by Nagler as now outdated 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 …”

“ Brulliot describes this ingeniously etched sheet – so Nagler – in the Aretin Catalog no. 4401 with the remark that it were etched in le Ducq’s manner. He missed the (supposedly erroneous, see above, signature) letters,

an art collector yet paid 100 . for this sheet in the (1830) sale ” ( !! ) .

Davidsohn estimate 90 years later then 300 reichsmark. And after scarcely another 100 years enthusiastic bidders raised in an auction the estimate of 600 euro for a provenance-less copy to a final price of now 1408 euro !!

Yet Nagler – as supposedly adopted Wurzbach, too, since likewise describing only this one specifically – denoting the rider as “in profile to the right” while here he stands to the left, yet without establishing by this a copy in reverse. For in conformity with Nagler the edifice on the opposite bank and the round tower on the rock above are on the left. Besides a position of the rider to the right would not correspond with the scenic arrangement. After all the rider holds the riding whip correctly in the left, yet the reins with the right, just as the soldier in the water his lance. This common hand position in analogy, too, to the dressage scene above as sheet 3 of the set.

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

Offer no. 28,978 | EUR 630. | export price EUR 599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

“ the book has arrived! Many thanks for your helpfulness! Have a nice day, and kind regards ”

(Mr. S. S., May 9, 2016)