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Only two schematically indicated tiny figures can be discerned in each of them. Paris, Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, inv. 1997-T 1 v (two sheets pasted together, 123 x 352 mm, the reverse drawings individually framed).
This charming rustic scene of farmhouses and a water mill was recently attributed to Peeter Baltens, a rather obscure Antwerp painter, engraver and print publisher. He considers this to be the original drawing by Bol, which was redrawn in pen and brown ink in an ‘intentionally simplified’ manner, with a more schematic and harsh handling, probably by an engraver or an assistant in his workshop for the purpose of graphic reproduction.
The composition is dominated by the tall trees receding into the distance in a diagonal line. Franz already expressed doubts about the traditional attribution to Bol (“not certain but not to be ruled out”), followed by Zwollo (ascribed to Jacques Savery, together with inv. N 35) and William Robinson (“probably not by Bol, but by a close follower”).
On the right a small river or stream broadens into a small lake. Recently, it was attributed to Peeter Baltens by Stefaan Hautekeete (2005), who is preparing the catalogue raisonné of Bol’s drawings.
There are still traces of the initial design in red ink, which the artist then worked up carefully with pen and brown ink.
French lily surmounted by a flower, unreadable name below (47x24 mm, on P4-5 from the top)(v V, 10P, fine, folio), somewhat similar to Briquet 7082 (French, Paris 1544).