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Putti and Clock
  • Jacob de Wit
    1695–1754
    born: Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands) ; died: Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands)
  • Putti and Clock, circa 1735–1739
  • Where object was made: Netherlands
  • ink, wash on paper
  • Paper Type: laid
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 8.4 x 43.5 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 3 1/4 x 17 1/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 25 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Winslow Ames
  • Not on display
  • 1952.0009
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Clock in center of composition; clock has a pendulum and rests on a pedestal; clock is surrounded by a wreath which is supported by two putti, one on either side. Three putti on either side of the wreath. Putti have small wings and are playing. The words "De Wel Spreekentheyt" or "Eloquence" appear in ink on the mounting, below the lower right corner of the drawing; fine black border drawn or printed on the edges of the drawing.
Depicts a group of six winged putti frolicking with a continuous garland of leaves and various objects in a frieze-like composition. In the center, within a circle of leaves is a clock with a long swinging pendulum.