Anthonie Waterloo(1609 – 1690)
The painter, draftsman and etcher Anthonie Waterloo is known to us almost entirely through his drawings and 126 original etchings, all undated. The vast majority of these works are landscape compositions. In their focus on unassuming, common elements of the countryside, and attention to natural effects of light and shade, Waterloo’s drawings and etchings eptitomize the Golden Age of Dutch landscape.
The large size and careful, elaborate execution of this drawing suggest that it was conceived as a finished work in its own right, though its imagery is similar to that of many of Waterloo’s etched depictions of roads winding through woods. Aspects of the drawing bear close comparison to two etchings in particular. The principal tree’s distinctly gnarled trunk and branching patterns are close to those of the main tree in The Three Trees (Bartsch 83), while the overall composition of the image and distribution of lights and darks are quite similar to those of Traveller Near a Wood (Bartsch 53).