- Museum number
Landscape with farm buildings; adjacent to which a ladder leads up to a wooden porch, three barrels below, beneath an arch to left are kept vessels on a shelf, and a ferry carrying two cattle on the river to right
Pen and brown ink, touched with brown wash, over red chalk
- Production date
- 1630-1641 (c.)
Height: 203 millimetres
Width: 300 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Literature: J. Giltaij, 'Le cabinet d'un amateur: Dessins flamands et hollandais des XVIe et XVIIe siècles d'une collection privée d'Amsterdam', exh.cat. (Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam - Fondation Custodia Paris - Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels 1976-77), Gent, 1977, cat.no.141.
Exhibition label text (revised 2003):
Jan van de Velde was a prolific printmaker, specialising in landscapes in a 'pre-Rembrandtist' vein inspired by Elsheimer, Willem Buytewech and Esaias van de Velde. His drawings are rarer than his prints.
Drawings of the present type are unusual in Jan van de Velde's oeuvre, being whimsical fantasies unlike almost anything else in Dutch art. Architectural and organic elements are fused in an extraordinary display of penwork that reminds us that the artist's father was a professional calligrapher. The drawing, the third to enter the Museum's collection, was until recently owned by the late Professor I.Q. van Regteren Alteren Altena, a leading authority on Dutch art.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1991, BM, Recent Acquisitions (no cat.)
2003-4 Dec-April, BM, NACF exhibition
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
The drawing was in an English private collection before it went to Van Regteren Altena.
- Prints and Drawings
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