Height: 188.000 mm
Width: 300.000 mm
PD 1897-4-10-16 (Hind 84)
Prints and Drawings
Anthony van Dyck, A wooded slope with farm buildings, a drawing
Flanders or England, around AD 1634
This is one of a number of surviving landscape scenes by van Dyck. It is drawn simply in pen and ink. He has concentrated on the middle distance, not on the foreground or background. The only features are some simple farm buildings and a wooded slope.
The pen work
is very precise and the trees are shaded is simple parallel
It was probably drawn about 1634, either in Flanders or in England which he twice visited between 1632 and 1640. It is possible that it represents the countryside near Rye in Sussex, where he made other sketches of this type. Van Dyck would have sailed from this busy port for Flanders in the spring of 1634. He signed the drawing at the lower right and it may have belonged to a stock of such drawings that he used in the backgrounds of several paintings of the mid 1630s.
M. Royalton-Kisch, The light of nature: landscape (London, The British Museum Press, 1999)
Sir O. Millar, Van Dyck in England (London, National Portrait Gallery, 1982)