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Landscape with a windmill in a large plain; the edge of a canal in the foreground, a windmill at left and a low cottage and tree at right, a horse and cart at centre advancing towards the canal, haymaking in fields in the background.
Pen and brown ink with brown wash, touched with graphite and red chalk, heightened with white and coloured oil paint, on oriental paper.
Verso: laid down on an eighteenth-century mat.
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- 1650-1660 (circa, ?)
Height: 147 millimetres
Width: 260 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Recent literature: D. De Witt, Abraham van Dijck, 2020, cat.no. D51 as Abraham van Dijck and c. 1671.
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Abraham van Dijck, cat. no.3:
Traditionally attributed to Rembrandt, the thinly-drawn penwork, inasmuch as it remains visible, resembles the style of certain drawings attributed to Philips Koninck, as has previously been noted (compare for example, the work catalogued as cat. no.13 (Oo,10.182). Yet the fragmented, almost staccato touch may be compared yet more convincingly with a drawing in the Rijksmuseum, the 'Landscape near the Saw-Mill Gate [Zaagmolenpoortje] outside Amsterdam', which has recently been attributed to another Rembrandt pupil, Abraham van Dijck. The spatial recession and details such as the figures are also similar. There are also stylistic connections with the work of Johannes Ruijscher.
The use of oil paint, which seems not to be a later addition, is unusual in a work of the Rembrandt circle. The handling of the medium is comparable to a painting of a 'Landscape with a Figures', on the London art market in 1988 with a controversial attribution to Jan Lievens.
 The suggestion made by Hind in London, 1915 (see Lit. below). For further drawings attributed to Koninck and in this style, see Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, nos.1474x-1487x.
 By Schatborn, 1985, p.99, repr. fig.10. In conversation (27 February 1992) he suggested that the present drawing might also be by van Dijck.
 Cf. his 'Village with a Church by a River', now in Berlin (KdZ.3800; Sumowski 2296).
 Sotheby's, London, 7 December, 1988, lot 115, repr. The attribution to Lievens was made by Schneider, 1932, no.307, but rejected by Sabine Jacob in Exh. Braunschweig, 1979, p.25, n.20, and Sumowski, 'Gemälde', III, 1983, p.1772, n.32 (with further literature).
Bürger, 1858, p.401 (by Rembrandt); Blanc, II, 1861, p.455 (Rembrandt); Bell, c.1905, repr. pl.XLI; London, 1915, no.172, repr. pl.XXVIII (anon. school of Rembrandt; possibly by Philips Koninck).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1956, London, p.28, no.2 (as anonymous).
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