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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
“ wanted for their exact knowledge of construction ”
Groenewegen, Gerrit (1754 Rotterdam 1826). Koopvaardy-buys zeylende by de wind. Two-masted merchant ship (howker) with full sails from aft portside in moderately agitated sea. Etching. (1790.) Inscribed: E / 6, otherwise as above. 6 × 5 in (15.1 × 12.8 cm).
VERSCHEIDE SOORTEN VAN HOLLANDSE VAARTUIGEN E, 6. – Nagler V, 386 (“These sheets are wanted in the Netherlands to get acquainted with the different construction of the ships as they are drawn accurately”); Wurzbach I, 619; Thieme-Becker XV , 66 f. – Isolated little brown spots, only one in the white field before the bow as well as two in the edge of the platemark lower left though. In the white upper margin the two holes of original stitching. – Marvelous impression on wide-margined snow-white laid paper untrimmed on two sides with part of fleur-de-lis arms watermark.
Groenewegen originally was ship’s carpenter like his father, but in 1779 after an industrial accident he turned to the arts by entering an apprenticeship with Nicolaes Myus (1740-1808) in Rotterdam. Following his former profession he preferred ship and harbor pictures which he recorded in numerous drawings and etchings, among these between 1786 and 1791 as well as in 1801 “7 series (A–G) of 12 sheet of ships each
which are wanted for their exact knowledge of construction :
Verscheide Soorten van Hollands Vaartuigen ”
(Wurzbach) and in such a manner make
“ an important contribution to Dutch naval history ”
(Uta Römer, Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon LXII , p. 450).
Offer no. 28,826 / EUR 690. / export price EUR 656. (c. US$ 793.) + shipping