AN EXTENSIVE LANDSCAPE WITH TWO FIGURES BY A RIVER
Bears initial u.l. B, inscribed verso Jaffe
Pen & ink with brown washes & black chalk
16.5 x 26 cm
For comparable drawings, see Classical Landscape (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Acc. No. 1967.17.96); Landscape with a Ruined Arch and Farm Buildings (National Galleries of Scotland, Acc. No. RSA 3); Landscape with Two Figures in Conversation (Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Inv. No. 2887); River Landscape near Narni (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Acc. No. 60.66.6); River landscape with fishermen in boats and on the bank, and a settlement on the far bank (Albertina, Vienna, Inv . No. 25193)
Busiri, the son of the architect Simon Beausire, was a follower of Gaspard Dughet and a prolific landscape draughtsman. He was primarily a landscape painter and specialised in Roman veduti and classical capricci. His finest works were often executed in tempera and were popular with British tourists on their way through Rome, with a number now in British public collections.
The two most important collections of Busiri's drawings are in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the British Museum, London. The Fitzwilliam Museum's album with 93 studies includes Roman views, along with sketches of Pisa, Siena, Viterbo, Naples, Florence, and Marino (inv. 3963). His works are characterised particularly by a strong use of hatching, the often simple delineations of figures and their sparing use of washes (with many even without the latter using only hatching).