drawing

Interior of a church, with figures; a lady and gentleman talking to a Franciscan monk at r, a man approaching at l, behind a simple wooden screen two other monks walking, stained glass windows behind and to r Pen and brown ink, with watercolour and bodycolour

AN204043001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1912,1214.8

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 7 (as P. Saenredam)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.18

Location:
Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

Materials
paper (all objects)
Techniques
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Anthonie van Borssom (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Pieter Jansz. Saenredam (biographical details | all objects)
Date
1644-1677
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
Interior of a church, with figures; a lady and gentleman talking to a Franciscan monk at right, a man approaching at left, behind a simple wooden screen two other monks walking, stained glass windows behind and to right
Pen and black ink with grey wash and watercolour, touched with white heightening; framing-line in pen and black ink
Verso: laid down
No watermark visible or recorded.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: Inscribed lower left, in brown ink: 'PS / 1630'; an erased inscription, lower centre (perhaps van Borssom's signature; see no.17 (1912,1214.7); verso: stated in London, 1931, to be numbered '3893'.


Dimensions
Height: 190 millimetres (chain lines vertical, distance apart uncertain)
Width: 152 millimetres


Condition
A brown stain, upper left; some oxidised white and surface dirt; generally good.

Curator's comments
In Hind as attributed to P J Saenredam (Vol.IV, p.46).

Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.18:

See cat. no.17 (1912,1214.7). The statue of an apostle by the arch resembles that in a painting, formerly in a private collection in Leiden, which shows elements from the Pieterskerk and the Hooglandse kerk in Leiden.[1]

NOTES:
[1] The painting repr. Vermet, 1982, fig.4, who noticed the connection.

LITERATURE :
London, 1931, p.46, no.7, repr. pl.XXVII (as attributed to P.J. Saenredam, but possibly by van Borssom); Vermet, 1982, p.412, repr. fig.9 (van Borssom; relates apostle figure to ex-Leiden painting).


Subject
interior (scope note | all objects)
church (scope note | all objects)


Acquisition date
1912

Acquisition name
Donated by Sir Otto Beit (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Johann Goll van Franckenstein (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Postle Heseltine (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection William Esdaile (1833) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Verso inscribed with an old collection no: "3893" (see Inscriptions). Cornelis Ploos van Amstel; his sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley, et al., 3 March, etc., 1810, 'kunstboek' E, no.8, sold for f.65 with no.9 [here cat. no.17 (1912,1214.7)] and the related print; Goll van Franckenstein; his sale, Amsterdam, de Vries, Brondgeest, et al., 1 July, etc., 1833, 'kunstboek' F, no.20 (with cat. no.17, 1912,1214.7) [the pair now in BM]; William Esdaile (L.2617); his sale, London, Christie's 18 June, etc., 1840, lot 588 (as J.[sic] Saenredam), bt White, £3-15s, with lot 589 (here cat. no.17, 1912,1214.7) [- the pair]; J.P. Heseltine (according to British Museum register); presented to the British Museum by Otto Beit, 1912.


Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.


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