“Abraham sends away Hagar and Ishmael”
Hans Bol trained in Mechelen, under his two uncles Jacob Bol I and Jan Bol. After spending two years in Heidelberg, he became a master of the Mechelen guild of Saint Lucas in 1560. Following the capture of Mechelen by Spanish troops in 1572 he moved to Antwerp where he became a master two years later. In 1584 he left Antwerp for Amsterdam, where he remained until his death in 1593.
This drawing is dated 1592 and is executed a year before his death.
Collection Heinrich Eduard Stiebel, his sale at C.G. Boerner-Leipzig in Frankfurt am Main, 21-26 November 1910, nr. 23 (illustrated); Boerner Düsseldorf, bought by the collector H.E. ten Cate (1868-1955), Almelo; illustrated in the collection catalogue of H.E. ten Cate by D. Hannema, Rotterdam 1955, no. 183, p. 110; thence to a private Dutch collection since the early 1960’s.
Auction catalogue of the H.E. ten Cate collection, by dr. D. Hannema, Rotterdam 1955, no. 183, p. 110.
Frits Lugt, Les marques des collections de dessins & d’estampes, Supplement, The Hague 1956, no. 533b, p. 79.
Theo & Frans Laurentius, Watermarks 1600 – 1650, found in the Zeeland archives, Middelburg 2007, no. 384, p. 172.
H. Gerhard Franz, ‘Beiträge zur Niederländischen Landschaftsmalerei des 16. Jahrhunderts (II). Baumlandschaft und Waldlandschaft bei den Brüdern Valckenborch und Hans Bol’, in Kunsthistorisches Jahrbuch Graz, 15/16 (1979/80), p. 157, image no. 42, pl. LIV.