A VIEW OF PART OF STENAY FROM BEYOND THE TOWN WALLS (MEUSE, FRANCE)

Pen & ink on laid paper

11.5 x 23cm

 

Provenance:

Private Collection, France

 

 

The present work likely relates to Israel Silvestre's Profil de la Ville et Citadelle de Stenay, engraved by F. Noblesse (Faucheux : 232.33 Etat : 1 / Baré : N° 659, see third and fourth images above). A more strictly topographical study by Silvestre, from which the print itself was derived, is in the Louvre Collections, Paris (INV 33059, see fifth image above). 

 

The framing composition, with the decorative figure and foliage to the lower right, used by Perelle has its roots in the Italianate Flemish artist Paul Bril and his milieu, artists who Perelle himself produced prints after. It is this idiosyncratic juxtaposition of Northern decorative elements with the French, more strictly topographical draughtsmanship of Silvestre that identifies the hand of Perelle in the present work. For a series of highly comparable works, see the pen & ink drawings by Perelle in the Louvre Collections, Paris.  

 

Gabriel Perelle was a French draughtsman and printmaker, born in Vernon. He began his career as a pupil of the portraitist Simon Vouet, but swiftly specialised in classical landscapes not dissimilar to those of Francisque Millet. With his sons Nicolas and Adam, whose work is often highly similar to their father's, he founded a printmaking workshop which produced hundreds of printed views.  Gabriel produced prints after numerous artists including Israël Silvestre, Paul Bril, Jacques Callot, Michel Corneille the Elder, Jan Asselijn, Jacques Fouquières, Cornelis Poelenburg, and Sébastien Pontault de Beaulieu - in short, the great topographical draughtsmen of the 16th and early 17th centuries. It was from these artists that Perelle developed his own style of draughtsmanship, with Callot and Silvestre among the foremost influences on his hand. 

GABRIEL PERELLE (1604-1677)

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