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French School
17th century
Four Men in a Boat with a Lateen Sail
Watercolor with pen and black ink on paper.
18 7/8 x 25 15/16 inches (479 x 659 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.

Inscribed in pen and brown ink below image, Longeur du canot--21 pieds / Largeur--6 pieds six pouces / hauteur de bordee au milieu du dessus la quille au plafond--2 pieds deux pouces / on luy a donne les proportions pour [?] [?] les canals qui a 32 pieds de largeur et a quatre pieds de profondeur. Inscribed on verso in pen and brown ink, now veiled by lining, Cinquante huit [paraph], canceled; cinquante huit [paraph], canceled; Cinquante huit [illegible] [paraph].

Eugène Rodrigues (1853-1928), Paris (Lugt 897); his sale, Paris, Hotel Drouot, 28 November 1928, lot 87; Joseph F. McCrindle (1923-2008), New York.

The intent behind this drawing is to depict an elegant vessel that could navigate canals. Below the image of the canopied boat with its oarsmen and crew are the measurements of the vessel. The significant size of the sheet and the use of colored washes indicate the ambition of its creator.

Associated names: 

McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.

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