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View of grave on the Mass after a siege
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View of grave on the Mass after a siege


Valentin Klotz (op.1669-1697)

Pen and ink (brown), watercolour (grey) on paper

Height: 19.6 cm; Width: 23.8 cm;


Signed & pen, verso, by the artist, Tot Grave de 3m 2d 1675 / 6mna de belegering (At Grave 2nd day third month 1675 6 months after the seige)

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
After the French had taken Grave, the Netherlandish army reconquered the small town in 1675, but it was severely bombarded during a long siege. The military engineer and amateur artist Valentijn Klotz recorded the destruction in a number of drawings. Here the heavily damaged church of St Elizabeth forms the backdrop for a field of anonymous cubic houses delineated with a nervous pen. The planes of grey and blue washes set against the luminous paper lend the composition a modern appearance. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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