The jocund peasants after Cornelis Dusart
Handcolored etching by Alexander Browne after Cornelis Dusart. The 17th century etching shows a relaxed rural scene. The print is signed in the plate; Browne Aqua forte Fecit. The image is 45 x 36.5 cm, the print has been professionally set on linen and mounted in a passe partout. The overall dimensions are 70 x 58 cm in size. The print is in excellent condition, with fresh colors and crisp lines.
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Cornelis Dusart (Haarlem, April 24, 1660 – October 1, 1704) was a Dutch painter and engraver belonging to the Hollandse School. He was the son of composer, carillonneur and organist Joan Dusart. Dusart was admitted to the Guild of Saint Luke in Haarlem in 1679. He was a faithful follower of Adriaen van Ostade. He was so close to his famous example in quality that some of Dusart’s works, such as Boeren in front of an inn at Belvedere Palace in Vienna, were previously mistaken for Van Ostade’s. His engravings are also along the lines of Van Ostade.
Alexander Browne appears on the scene from 1659, it is certain that he died in 1706. He was active in London as a publisher, artist, engraver and teacher. In 1669 he authored “Ars Pictoria, or an Academy treating of Drawing, Painting, Limning and Etching.” which also contains 30 prints by his hand, partly after drawings by Bloemaert. He was one of the early promoters of the mezzotint technique in England. Many of the prints he published do not contain any reference to the artist, it is generally assumed that in those cases he himself is the artist.