Jacob de Wit* (1695 - 1754)

Five Putti making Garlands with Flowers from a Garden Vase

signed ‘JdeWit/ inv’ (on folded strip of paper at the lower right corner)
black and white chalk, pen and brown ink, on brownish paper, brown ink framing lines 
184 x 142 mm.

German Private Collection, thence by descent to the present owner.

Born in Amsterdam, De Wit lived in Antwerp from 1708 to 1715. While following a painting course there, he studied the work of Rubens, which at that time, was still very much in evidence in Antwerp. In particular copies of his ceiling paintings were very instructive for De Wit. On his return to Amsterdam in 1716, he soon received commissions to decorate houses and church interiors with ceiling and door panels and colourful wall-hangings. His  enormous output brought him great fame and fortune. Another of his specialities was his grey-tinted painted imitations of stucco. These grisailles are known as 'Witjes' after De Wit, and this is presumably a design for one of these. See G. van den Hout, R. Schillemans, Putti en Cherubijntjes – Het religieuze werk van Jacob de Wit (1695-1754), exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam, 1995 for other examples.

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