Adriaen van der Cabel
Rijswijk vers 1631 – Lyon 1705
Italianate landscape with buildings on a hill and two figures in a valley
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, traces of red chalk. Framing lines with pen and brown ink.
Inscribed (signed?) A. v. cabel fe on the verso with pen and brown ink. Inscribed on the verso MNOR/ NF HAYM 1679-1729 Lugt 1669 (sic)/ K190 with pencil.
200 x 297 mm – 7 7/8 x 11 11/16 in.
A Dutch painter, engraver and draftsman Adriaen Van der Kabel or Cabel first trained with Jan van Goyen in The Hague, then travelled to Rome and Lyon where he got married and settled from 1668 to his death. These long stays in different artistic centers certainly explain his heterogeneous style, especially in graphic terms; although he remained attached to representing landscape, in an always more classical fashion, his graphic style, first strongly influenced by Dutch models, progressively integrated Italian and French influences. His many views of ports recall that he was the godfather and first master of the marine painter Adrien Manglard.
The style of this sheet strongly recalls a drawing once for sale at Sotheby’s (8 November 2000, lot 178), signed and dated 1680 and therefore executed during his years in Lyon.
The present drawing once belonged to Nicolo Francesco Haym, a musician born in Rome to a German family, who worked and lived in London and whose collection of 1100 drawings was scattered before his death. His stamp NH (Lugt 1970) rarely met; so is the other one (Lugt 4323), which belonged to an unidentified collector and is only documented on the back of a few engravings after Matthijs Bril.