Frans Adriaensz Boudewijns,
born in Brussels in 1673, is sometimes referred to as Francois Bauduin.
He was the nephew and pupil of Adriaen Boudewijns I. Frans Adriaensz
Boudewijns became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke in 1720 and
was active, like his uncle, in the manufacturing of cartoons for
the production of Tapestries in Brussels. He died in his native
city in 1766.
The drawing style of
the uncle and nephew are difficult to distinguish from each other,
as they both produced these typical extensive hilly landscapes,
with a slight indication of figures, mainly executed in red chalk.
These were designs for the tapestry production in which both were
very active. Similar drawings, dated to the 1740's, are the "Extensive
Landscape" in the Wittert collection in Liege (inv.no.2256), the
"Landscape" in the Kunsthalle in Hamburg (inv.no.216) and the "Landscape"
in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin (inv.no.2045). The present
drawing is the largest in dimension and already foreshadows the