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A thatched dovecote; a wooden structure in an open field, with trees behind.
Reed pen and brown ink over light indications in graphite; framing lines in pen and brown ink (of a warmer hue than the ink of the drawing).
Verso: see Inscriptions below.
Watermark: arms of Amsterdam.
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Height: 225 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24mm apart)
Width: 201 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.14:
The drawing was presumably made out-of-doors, but the location has not been identified. A comparable structure appears in van Borssom's drawing of the 'Hunting-Lodge Toutenburg at Maartensdijk', which may have been composed on the basis of studies made from nature (Sumowski 307, present whereabouts unknown).
 See Lit. below, and under cat. no.6 (1836,0811.59), n.1.
London, 1915, p.66, no.18; Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, 1979, p.658, under no.307 (wrongly stating that the drawing contains watercolour; a dovecote appears in the 'Country House in Soest', Sumowski 307, location unknown); Broos, 1984, p.164 (identifies Sumowski 307 as of the 'Hunting Lodge Toutenburg at Maartensdijk').
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
No exhibitions recorded.
- Generally good; some slight staining to left side and creases at lower left corner.
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- Acquisition notes
- Probably Ten Hoeve and Tourton sale, Amsterdam, 8th etc. April, 1760, portfolio G, no.15 ('Een Duivenhius'); probably Dirk Versteegh sale, Amsterdam, De Vries and Roos, 3rd etc. November, 1823, portfolio no.G, no.18 ('Un volet ou une tour pour des Colombiers, à la plume'), bt Engelberts, f.15; probably Abraham de Haas sale, Amsterdam, De Vries and Roos, 8-10 November, 1824, portfolio X, no.9 ('Een Duiventoren'), bt Gruiter, f.5.15; probably anonymous sale, Amsterdam, de Vries, Roos, et al., 20th etc. November, 1826, portfolio B, no.43 ('Een Duiventoren, meesterlyk met de rietpen'), bt Brondgeest with B.40-44, f20.10; probably anonymous sale, Amsterdam, van Campen, 2-3rd March, 1829, portfolio B, no.24 ('Een Duiventoorn, fix met de rietpen'), sold with B.23 for f.7); John Sheepshanks; purchased with his collection from Messrs William Smith.
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