Landscape with view across a plain; wooded slopes in the foreground Bodycolour


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1910,0212.104

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 2440x (as With)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 With.10 (Pieter de With or (more probably) Gerrit van Battem)

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Attributed to Gerrit van Battem (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Adam Elsheimer (biographical details | all objects)
Attributed to Pieter de With (biographical details | all objects)
1660 (fl. c)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with view across a plain; wooded slopes in the foreground
Brush in grey and blue-grey bodycolour on buff brown paper; residual framing-line in pen and brown ink in upper left
Verso: laid down
Watermark: none visible

Inscription Content: No inscriptions visible.

Height: 99 millimetres (chain lines not visible)
Width: 155 millimetres

Generally good; a near vertical 40mm scratch towards the right; a few other minor losses near edges.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010 Pieter de With or (more probably) Gerrit van Battem, no.10:
See the remarks to Royalton-Kisch cat. no.6 (1895,0915.1032). Although somewhat different in tonality to the other gouache drawings catalogued here under Van Battem's name, with blue mixed with the grey bodycolour, various passages suggest that the drawing is by the same hand as all but 1893,0731.1 (Royalton-Kisch cat. no.5 as Pieter de With). In particular the handling of the sky may be related to cat. no. 7 (Oo,10.136), and it shares the sophisticated control of atmospheric perspective visible in the other gouache landscapes.
The landscape has not been identified, but resembles the area near Cleves (cf. the drawing by Johannes Ruisscher in the British Museum's collection, Oo,9.91; RK cat.no.1).

Literature: Bode, 1883, p.308 (Elsheimer); Hind, 1925, p.246 (Elsheimer rather than Van Battem, as suggested by Mellaert); Hind, 1926[I], p.42, no.363 (as Elsheimer); Drost, 1933, pp.139-40, repr. fig.83 (Elsheimer); Weizsäcker, 1936, I, p.248 (Elsheimer); Bothe, 1939, pp.74-5, repr. fig.17 (Elsheimer); Drost, 1957, p.124 (Rembrandtesque); Wegner, 1958, pp.70-1 (Elsheimer); Drost, 1959, p.73 (anonymous); Drost, 1960, pp.149-50, repr. fig.157 (Elsheimer; influenced Rembrandt); Möhle, 1966, pp.159-60, no.62, repr. pl..42 (Elsheimer; late work); Hohl, 1972, p.86 (De With); Andrews, 1977, p.167 (close to P. Koninck); Sumowski, 1979 etc., X, 1992, pp.5522-3, no.2440X, repr. (De With).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by George Salting (as by Elsheimer) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
1966-7, Frankfurt, Elsheimer, no.161, repr. fig.140 (as by Elsheimer).

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