drawing

Landscape with a bridge over a river; a figure standing on the opposite bank at centre, buildings amid trees on a hill behind, a church amid trees in the distance Bodycolour, over black chalk

AN218946001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,10.136

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 2443x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 With.7 (De With or (more probably) van Battem)

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
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)
Date
1660 (fl. c)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
Landscape with a bridge over a river; a figure standing on the opposite bank at centre, buildings amid trees on a hill behind, a church amid trees in the distance
Brush with grey and white bodycolour on buff brown paper.
Verso: laid down.
Watermark: none visible.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: No inscriptions visible or recorded.


Dimensions
Height: 97 millimetres (Chain lines not visible.)
Width: 156 millimetres


Condition
Good

Curator's comments
See the remarks to Royalton-Kisch 2010 cat. no.6 (1895,0915.1032). Several motifs relate to Oo,10.134, which came from the same large collection as the present sheet (see note 2): the distant castle among trees, the foreground figures by water and the darkly silhouetted trees. Of the gouaches here tentatively given to van Battem rather than Pieter de With, to whom they were for a time assigned, it has the most in common with works by de With, including the British Museum's drawing 1893,0731.1 (Royalton-Kisch 2010, cat. no.5). The tree on upper the right resembles in its stippled outlines that in a signed drawing by De With in the Heijblock album amicorum in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague, although not enough to secure the attribution.3 Despite these analogies, the likelihood remains that the present drawing is by van Battem, as argued under 1895,0915.1032. A variant by the artist is in a private collection.4

1. The Museum file shows that the drawing was lifted for inspection in 1962, when the mark of J. MacGowan (L.1496) was noted.
2. For this and the consecutive inventory numbers from Payne Knight's bequest, see Royalton-Kisch, cat.no.8 (Oo,10.134), note 1. The present drawing, having been reattributed to Elsheimer, was later returned to Van Battem, but had recently been placed with drawings by Pieter de With.
3. Inv. Hs 131, H 26, p.285 (Sumowski 2398, repr. ) as noted by Sumowski.
4. Möhle, 1966, no.49, repr.

Literature: Hind, 1925, pp.241 and 246, repr. (formerly Van Battem but reattributed to Elsheimer, as suggested by J.H.J. Mellaert); London, 1926, pp.20-21 (as Hind, 1925); Hind, 1926[I], p.42, no.362 (as Elsheimer); Drost, 1933, pp.139-40, repr. fig.82 (Elsheimer); Weizsäcker, 1936, I, p.263 (Elsheimer); Bothe, 1939, pp.74-5, repr. fig.18 (Elsheimer); Drost, 1957, pp.123-4 (not Elsheimer); Möhle, 1957, p.16, repr. fig.4 (Elsheimer); Drost, 1959, p.73 (Elsheimer); Drost, 1960, p.149, repr. fig.154 (Elsheimer; influenced Rembrandt); Möhle, 1966, pp.151-2, no.50, repr. pl.30 (Elsheimer; compares drawing [now in private collection] formerly in Springell/Sprinzel collection, Möhle, no.49); Van Gelder and Jost, 1967-8, p.38 (not Elsheimer; Van Battem?).; Hohl, 1972, p.86 (Goffredo Wals); Hohl, 1973, p.200, n.12 (as in 1972); Sutherland Harris, 1978, p.403, n.14 (not Wals); Sumowski, 1979 etc., X, 1992, pp.5528-9, no.2443X, repr. (De With).


Acquisition date
1824

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
J. MacGowan (L.1496);[1] bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight, 1824 (as by Van Battem).[2] [1] The Museum file shows that the drawing was lifted for inspection in 1962, when the mark of J. MacGowan (L.1496) was noted. [2] For this and the consecutive inventory numbers from Payne Knight's bequest, see Royalton-Kisch, cat.no.8 (Oo,10.134), note 1. The present drawing, having been reattributed to Elsheimer, was later returned to Van Battem, but had in the 1990s been placed with drawings by Pieter de With.


Exhibition History
1966-7, Frankfurt, Adam Elsheimer, no.151, repr. fig.141 (Elsheimer).


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