Circle of Jacob De Wit (1695 – 1754 Amsterdam)

Allegory of Victory

pen in Black, washed, hightened in white, on paper, 20,3 x 32,5 cm
simple golden frame

price: 2.500 €


Presumably this is a design for a gable architecture. There are two putti with symbols of war and victory (cannons, cannonballs, armour, anchor, lion’s head, laurel branch/ olive branch, flag, staff with helmet). These symbols seem to be chosen especially with regard to shipping – perhaps there is a reference to a sea battle or to the Dutch East India Company.

Jacob de Wit was an important painter, graphic artist and publisher of the Dutch late Baroque. He was influenced by Peter Paul Rubens‘ works after a stay in Antwerp. By decorating rooms with plafond paintings, wallpaper etc. he became known far beyond Amsterdam. Jacob de Wit achieved greatest fame with his grisailles. These, often showing putti or cupids, imitate the aesthetics of bas-reliefs and were called „witjes“ by the artist himself.

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