ADRIAEN CORNELISZ VAN SALM
Delftshaven 1686 – 1720
Dutch shipping in a stiff breeze ‘a penschilderij’
Pen and black ink and oil on panel 17,6 x 26 cm.
The penschilderij, which is the Dutch term for a drawing in ink with a reed of quill pen on a Gesso-prepared canvas or panel, was a phenomenon that was one of the great curiosities of the Dutch Golden Age. The purpose of the technique was allow for a high degree of detail to give appearance of a drawing of engraving, it was a technique traditionally thought to have been invented by Willem van de Velde the Elder he 1650’s, but now generally recognised to have been derived independently in Delft and Amsterdam in the middle of the seventeenth century and an equally precursor of this technique is now believed to be the draughtsman son of a shipbuilder, Caspar van den Bos ( born 1634 )