Roelant Savery

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Roelant Savery
Three Figures among the Ruins of the Church of the Knights of St. John in Prague
Pen and brown ink, and brown, gray, and pale pink washes, on paper; framing line in black ink.
10 9/16 x 7 11/16 inches (269 x 195 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Samuel P. Reed.

Watermark: none.
The drawing represents the left side of the right-hand tower of the Church of the Knights of St. John in Prague. Also known as the Church of Our Lady under the Chain and the Maltesian Church, it was founded in 1158 and its towers erected around 1300. A drawing by Roelandt Savery of the same church was with Bernard Houthakker, Amsterdam, in 1996 (according to his advertisement in Simiolus 26, 1996, nos. 2-3) and was sold at Sotheby℗s, Amsterdam, November 11, 1997, lot 45, as R. Savery.

Adolf Friedrich Albert Reinicke (1773?-1838); by descent to Martin Reinicke, Darmstadt; sold by Reinicke in anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby Mak van Waay, 15 November 1983, lot 146, repr.; acquired from Yvonne Tan van Bunzl, London.
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Reinicke, Adolf Friedrich Albert, 1773-1838, former owner.
Reinicke, Martin, former owner.
Bunzl, Yvonne Tan, former owner.
Reed, Samuel P., donor.


New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library. The Age of Bruegel: Netherlandish Drawings in the Sixteenth Century. checklist only, 1987, no. 101A.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 378-79.
Stampfle, Felice, with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries and Flemish Drawings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1991, p. 53-54, no. 87.

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