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Ox driver on the Isle of Wight; Cowes harbour, West Cowes and West Cowes Castle visible in the distance.
Pen and brown ink with washes in shades of brown, grey and blue-grey, on ledger paper with ruled lines across the sky; framing lines in pen and black ink.
Verso: see Inscriptions.
Watermark: grapes in a jug.
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Height: 235 millimetres
Width: 415 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 32mm apart)
- Curator's comments
Literature after Royalton-Kisch 2010: P. Sutton and W.W. Robinson, 'Drawings by Rembrandt, his students and circle from the Maida and George Abrams Collection', Yale UP, New Haven, 2011, cat.no.A5, p.169.
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Lambert Doomer, cat. no.4:
The drawing shows the harbour at Cowes, with the mouth of the Medina, seen from the east looking west. East Cowes is visible on the nearer banks of the river (to the left of centre) with West Cowes on the far bank, immediately south of West Cowes Castle on the headland (now, greatly modified, the home of the Royal Yacht Squadron). The coastline of Hampshire is visible across the Solent in the distance.
Like cat. no.3 (1860,0414.13), this drawing must be based on a lost sheet made at the time of Doomer's journey through France in 1646. It seems that either on the way to France or (more probably) on his return journey, he must have made a detour or been blown off course to the Isle of Wight. Eight other views of the Island by Doomer are known, of which two were made during the original journey, and two on ledger paper like the present example. Three, larger versions were commissioned between 1660 and 1670 by Laurens van der Hem for his topographical Atlas and are now in the Ősterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna.
 For the documents concerning this journey, including the journal kept by his travelling companion Willem Schellinks, see Van den Berg, 1943 , and Exh. Paris-Amsterdam, 2006-7 [cat. 2008]. Schatborn, 1977[I], argued that Doomer probably visited the Island after leaving France, because the versions of his travel drawings formerly in the Tonneman collection were kept at the end of his album, which generally followed the artist's itinerary.
 The 'Study of Cowes Castle', formerly with Houthakker, Amsterdam (Sumowski 393; a second version offered at a sale, Paris, Tajan, 9 April 2008, lot 20, repr. in colour) and the 'View of Cowes Harbour' now at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt (Inv.3707; Sumowski 473x and repr. Exh. Frankfurt, 2000, p.179, cat. no.77; versions of the latter are mentioned in notes 3 and 4 below).
 A 'View of Newport from the North' (sold Sotheby's, New York, 25 Jan., 2002, lot 48, repr.; formerly with Houthakker, Amsterdam, and with C.E. Duits; mentioned by Sumowski, p.900, under cat.415.5; see also the further version of this composition mentioned in the next note); and a second version (sold in Amsterdam, Mak van Waay, 15 Jan., 1974, lot 1126j; Sumowski 420) of the Frankfurt 'View of Cowes Harbour' mentioned in the previous note (a third version is mentioned in the next note).
 A third version of the Frankfurt drawing mentioned in n.2 above (Van der Hem vol.19-20, no.48 [van der Krogt and de Groot, 2002, p.183]; Sumowski 415.4; for the second version see the previous note); a 'View of Newport from the North' (Van der Hem Vol.19-20, no.47 [van der Krogt and de Groot, 2002, p.182], Sumowski 415.5; this is a version of the drawing sold in 2002 and formerly with Houthakker and C.E. Duits mentioned in the previous note); and 'Alum Bay with the Needles' (Van der Hem Vol.19-20, no.46 [van der Krogt and de Groot, 2002, p.181], Sumowski 415.6).
D. Hannema, 'Catalogue of the H.E. Ten Cate Collection', Rotterdam, 1955, p.119, cat.no.201, plate 110; Schulz, 1972, pp.240-1, no.57; Schulz, 1974, p.48, no.46; Sumowski, 1979, etc., II, 1979, addenda and corrigenda sheet p.823a, no.37.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1964, Düsseldorf, no.18;
1968, Amsterdam, no.38, repr. fig.12;
2002-2003 BM, Paris (Institut Néerlandais) and Cambridge (Mass., Fogg Art Museum), "Bruegel to Rembrandt. Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection", no.62
2007 Jun-Nov, BM, 'Recent Acquisitions Part I' (no catalogue)
- Generally good; a few dabbed retouches in the sky may be original.
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- 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.
Probably Hieronymus Tonneman; his sale, Amsterdam, de Leth, 21ff. Oct. 1754, Konstboek S, no.34 (‘l'Isle de Wight’, bt Smit, f.5.15), or no.36 (‘Une dito’ [however possibly of Newport like lot 35] bt De Leth, f.5) or no.37 (‘Une dito’ [again, however, possibly of Newport like lot 35] bt Van Kerghem, f.4); sale, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller, 5 April, 1938, lot 84; Bernard Houthakker, Amsterdam; Hendrikus Egbertus ten Cate, Oldenzaal; C.G. Boerner, Düsseldorf; Adolph Schwarz, Amsterdam; R.M. Light & Co., Santa Barbara from whom purchased by Abrams; on loan to Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass. (loan no.0025.1998.117); presented by Maida and George Abrams through the American Friends of the British Museum, 2005 (Maida Abrams expressed her wish to donate the drawing with her husband before her untimely death in 2002).
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