Landscape, with a canal and men fishing; one seated and one standing at l, a man with a dog at l, a village behind and square tower amid trees Pen and brown ink, on Oriental paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1910,0212.191

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 2
Sumowski 1979 continuing 2402x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 With.2

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Formerly attributed to Jan Lievens (biographical details | all objects)
Drawn by Pieter de With (biographical details | all objects)
1650-1660 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with a canal by a village; one man seated and one man standing at left, a man with a dog at left, a village behind and square tower amid trees. c.1650-60

Pen and brown ink on oriental paper.

Verso: blank (see Inscriptions).

No watermark (oriental paper).

Inscription Content: Inscribed lower right, in pen and dark brown ink: ‘Rembran[dt ? – cut away]’; verso, lower right, in graphite: ‘/14’.

Height: 86 millimetres (no chain lines, oriental paper)
Width: 185 millimetres

Generally good, though worn and discoloured near the edges; a repaired tear upper right; a scuff, upper centre; other surface dirt; a touch of gold at lower left corner suggests that the drawing was once laid down on a decorated mat.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Pieter de With, cat. no.2:
Like cat. no.1 (1888,0619.17), a characteristic drawing by De With at his most Rembrandtesque. In the evenness of its lines and the general style, it compares well with a signed drawing by De With in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Besançon.[1]

[1] Inv. no.D 574; Sumowski 2392, repr.; cf. also the damaged drawing from the Rudolf collection mentioned by Sumowski, 1979 etc. (see Lit. below).

LITERATURE (always as P. de With):
London, 1915, p.96, no.2, repr. pl.LXIV ('has been attributed to Lievens'); Hirschmann, 1918, p.25; Van Dyke, 1927, p.140, repr. pl.XLV, fig.177 (attribution tentative; might be P. Koninck); Berlin, 1930, p.244, under no.3091/3376; Amsterdam, 1942, p.104, under no.1; Drost, 1960, p.150, repr. fig.160 (compares with Rembrandt); Exh. Brussels-Rotterdam-Paris-Bern, 1968-9, p.181, under no.181, n.2; Sumowski, 1979 etc., X, 1992, no.2402x, repr . (compares especially cat.no.1 [1888,0619.17] and drawing from Rudolf collection, sold Sotheby's, London, 10 October, 1974, lot 284).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by George Salting (as probably by Jan Lievens) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, not in catalogue

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