Note: Since our exhibition of The Album of Carl Agricola, Fall 2000, additional drawings by the artist have come to light. Several sheets had been removed from the album prior to our acquisition of it, leaving "ghost" images, i.e. reversed copies on the opposite pages. The present drawing is one of these re-discovered sheets. It matches its "ghost" in the original album and is therefore easy to authenticate and date.
The present drawing epitomizes the exciting "newness" that we perceived in all of Agricola's landscape drawings. Unlike in a traditionally arranged view, the log house cuts into the bottom line of the drawing, leaving no foreground. The two men throwing stones (for the fun of it?) represent no religious or classical subject and their scale is much larger than the usual landscape "staffage". The drawing is not a sketch of a particular sight, later to be integrated in a larger composition, but a finished drawing, framed in an outline drawn by the artist. The subject is - if enigmatic - ordinary. The figures are not lounging in a meadow or strolling down a path, but are caught in the act of throwing stones, as in a snap shot.
Man and nature are no longer seen in the orderly grid of the 18th century, but with immediacy, in transition, and somewhat fragmented. Agricola represents in his landscape drawings a yet undiscovered step in early Romanticism.