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Collection of signed drawings by the leading Dutch book illustrator

BUIJS, Jacobus.
[Set of 22 drawings and 1 engraving].
[Ca. 1781]. Various sizes. 22 washed pen and ink drawings and 1 engraving on paper. Mostly loose, nos. 8, 10, 20-23 pasted on paper support.
€ 7,500
Unique collection of delicate washed pen and ink drawings by Jacobus Buijs (or Buys), one of the most important artists of the new generation of Dutch book illustrators of the second half of the 18th century. The drawings served as designs for illustrations in many works, including Jacobus Kok's encyclopaedic Vaderlandsch woordenboek, 35 vols. (Amsterdam, J. Kok & J. Allart, 1780-1796), and the play by L.S. Mercier, De valsche vriend, of de zegepraal der huwelijksliefde, translated from the French Le faux ami, apparently published as volume 2 in the three-volume series Het zedelyk tooneel (Amsterdam, A. Kroese, 1778-1779), though not described as such in the book itself. E. de la Fontaine Verwey, Illustr. letterk. werken XVIIIe eeuw, pp. 83 ff.; L. Buijnsters-Smets, "Jacobus Buijs als boekillustrator", in: Documentatieblad werkgroep achttiende eeuw, 16 (1984), pp. 91-106; Van Someren, Catalogus van portretten 2542; Muller, Portretten 1219 & 2518c; on the artist, see also Scheen I, p. 193; Waller, Biogr. woordenboek, p. 55; Wurzbach I, 1 p. 226.
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