River and Rocks, Italy
Roeland Roghman (1627-1692)
Etching, 137 x 250 mm., from Views of Italy, Bartsch 26, Hollstein 26 only state. Fine, strong impression on laid paper with small margins; some very pale staining in places. Roghman was a student of his great-uncle and namesake Roeland Savery and, as a landscapist, an admirer of Rembrandt, whom he may have known, and Hercules Seghers. According to the biography by Arnold Houbraken, he had only one functioning eye, which may or may not have determined his drawing and painting style. There is a certain roughness about it, not unlike Rembrandt himself, at a time that Dutch taste was tending more toward fine finishes. But there is often tremendous power in his landscapes, whether Italian or Northern, at least when he is not preoccupied with historical renderings of old castle ruins and mansions. Of his etchings, the Italian views seem to be the strongest and most original, followed perhaps by his six etchings of The Woods of the Hague. The prints done in conjunction with his sister Gertrude, while popular in their time, are much weaker.