William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire, English, 1673 - 1729 (Chatsworth), by descent to current duke
Christie's (London) [sold, Christie's, London, July 3, 1984, lot 52]
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A Man Threshing Beside a Wagon, Farm Buildings Behind
Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577 - 1640)
Red, black, blue, green, and yellow chalk, with touches of pen and brown ink, on pale gray paper
25.4 × 41.4 cm (10 × 16 5/16 in.)
While this wagon recurs in several paintings, Peter Paul Rubens may have intended this drawing as an independent work of art, rather than a study. Although its
Rubens varied both his materials and his technique to give the scene immediacy and vigor. The man's red shirt adds to his sense of animation and becomes a focal point of the drawing. Subtle