Egbert van Drielst,
born in Groeningen in 1745, began his artistic studies with Johannes
Franciscus France in the factory of Steven Numan which produced
mainly lacquered objects. He then left for Haarlem to apprentice
in the wallpaper factory of Jan Augustini and Johannes Luberti.
There he studied with Hendrik Meyer to perfect his drawing technique
by doing nature studies. Egbert van Drielst then entered the wallpaper
studio of Snijers in Amsterdam where he met Adriaan Lelie and Jacob
Cats. In 1768 he was a member of the Amsterdam Drawing Academy,
the Royal Holland Institute and also the St. Lucas Guild in Amsterdam.
He greatly studied the great Dutch masters of the seventeenth century,
as Ruysdael, Wijnants and Hobbema and became known as the "Drenthe
Hobbema". Egbert van Drielst died in Amsterdam in 1818.
Because of van Drielsts
constant imitation of the style of the old masters, the attribution
of his unsigned works has been problematic and the present new addition
to his secure oeuvre will help in further establishing his graphic
style, which not only pleased him but also made him famous as a
draughtsman and decorator (Earl Roger Mandle, "Dutch Masterpieces
from the Eighteenth Century". 1972, p.32,33). The inscription
and dating must be taken as being correct, thus placing the present
work early in his career, a period from which few drawings are known.
The style is very loose and the wash is applied freely, not showing
the stiffness and almost miniaturist style of his late period.