Jan de Bisschop

The Beach at Scheveningen

c. 1652
The draughtsman and etcher Jan de Bisschop primarily drew landscapes, a genre that was the focus of the small drawing academy he founded in The Hague. De Bisschop’s brush and wash technique in these drawings produces a strong chiaroscuro effect that is enhanced by the use of a warm, golden-brown ink, named “bisschops-inkt” after the artist himself. He presumably mixed Indian ink with a bit of copper red to obtain this characteristic and charming colour.
Title
The Beach at Scheveningen
Date
c. 1652
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink with brown wash on laid paper, mounted on wove paper
Dimensions
9.9 x 15.3 cm
Nationality
Dutch
Credit line
Purchased 1954
Accession number
6195