I am a collector of old italian and french drawings. I recently acquired at an auction in Brussels, a drawing showing a group in a landscape along a river with a mill and a bridge in the rear. Ther is a stamp at the bottom left, a "B" covered with a crown (five pearls). On the back of the frame a note says "Claude Gellée (1600-1682) - Cachet de Collection Henri de Bourbon-Parme, Comte de Bardi. cfr. Lugt n°336." (In my opinion it was not the case...) As I had opened the frame to check on the drawing, I discovered ont the back of it the following words written in sepia ink : " Tho. Hesket de Rufford .'.'.'. fecit " There are two letters between Rufford and fecit that I cannotidentify As I am not part of the Hesket family, I do not know which Thomas Hesket it refers to ?
Could you help me identifying the autor of this lovely drawing, which I believe dates from 17th or early 18th century ?
Should you be interested, I would be happy to send you a copy of the drawing.