Egbert VAN DRIELST- 1745 - 1818
Two Farmhouses
Dutch School

Pen and grey ink, grey wash
Over black chalk
Brown ink framing lines

24.0 X 37.8 cm

Monogram :

Inscribed :

Euro :


"Zu Berge 1776", "E. van Drielst"



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 Drielst’s 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.


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