Swieten Castle from the east, Roelant Roghman, c. 1646 - c. 1647

Swieten Castle from the east, Roelant Roghman, c. 1646 - c. 1647

black chalk, with grey wash, over traces of graphite; framing line in brown ink (partially damaged), h 404mm × w 515mm Catalogue entry

In this view of Swieten Castle Roghman placed emphasis on rendering the architecture. He depicted the dozens of dovecotes on the side wall with notable precision, and not surprisingly, for in the 17th century the right to keep large numbers of pigeons was limited to the aristocracy and higher clergy.

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