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The Rugendas Letters
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
first voyage to Brazil
“ wanted for their exact knowledge of construction ”
Groenewegen, Gerrit (1754 Rotterdam 1826). Boot ship, zeylende voor de wind. Two-master with full sails from aft portside in moderately agitated sea. On deck as well as in the rigging several sailors getting up and taking in the topgallant sail resp. Etching. (1790.) Inscribed: E / 8, otherwise as above. 15.1 x 13 cm.
VERSCHEIDE SOORTEN VAN HOLLANDSE VAARTUIGEN E, 8. – 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 quite feeble little brown spots in the left lower area practically not perceptible in the subject. In the white upper margin the two holes of original stitching. – Marvelous impression on wide-margined snow-white laid paper untrimmed on two sides.
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 sheets 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).