Inventory photographed 2/23/2021
Inventory photographed 2/23/2021

Grid Drawing of a Harbor Scene

attributed to : Flemish (Flemish)
attributed to : Dutch (Dutch)
17th century
Sepia ink on paper
Sheet : 17 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. (44.29 x 60.17 cm)
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Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
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Paintings come in a broad range of sizes, from very large to very small. One way for artists to scale their preliminary drawings up or down to create the desired size of the finished artwork was to draw a numbered grid over the image. A similar but differently scaled grid was then drawn on the blank surface of the support for the final artwork, allowing the image easily to be copied at the desired size. This grid drawing of a busy harbor scene was probably used in just such a way. Grid drawings were sometimes also used to help guide weavers and embroiderers in the creation of tapestries and other pictorial textiles.

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