Landscape, with a village on the banks of a canal; two men in the foreground and another on a hillock at r, a village amid trees beyond Pen and brown ink, on light buff paper


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1888,0619.17

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 1
Sumowski 1979 continuing 2394
Royalton-Kisch 2010 With.1

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

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

Landscape with a village on the banks of a canal; two men in the foreground and another on a hillock at right, a village amid trees beyond. c.1650-60

Reed pen and brown ink.

Verso: blank (see Inscriptions).

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, top centre, in pen and brown ink: ‘Pieter de With [?]’; right, in graphite: ‘Reimbrant’.

Height: 101 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 23mm apart)
Width: 195 millimetres

Trimmed; some discolouration; stains at right corners.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Pieter de With, cat. no.1:

The inscription on the verso with the attribution to De With is not certainly a signature, and is difficult to decipher. Nevertheless the drawing is wholly characteristic of his style, strongly revealing the influence of Rembrandt's landscapes of around 1650. De With's signed 'Landscape with Fishermen by a Pond' now in the Institut Néerlandais in Paris (Collection Frits Lugt) is especially similar, in the figures as well as the foliage.[1]

[1] Inv. no. 7877, Sumowski 2390, repr.

LITERATURE (always as P. de With):
Wurzbach, 1910, II, p.856; London, 1915, p.95, no.1, repr. pl.LXIV (suggests verso inscription is probably a signature and this De With's only signed drawing); Hofstede de Groot, 1915[II], p.62 (notes signed drawings by De With in Rijksmuseum [inv.A3039; Sumowski 2393] and in Heijbloq album, Royal Library, The Hague [Sumowski 2398-9]); Amsterdam, 1917, p.41, no.15 (compares Rembrandt etching B.224; H.241); Hirschmann, 1918, pp.24-5 (enumerating signed sheets; comparing drawing in Rijksmuseum, inv.A3039 [Sumowski 2393]); Van Dyke, 1927, p.140, repr. pl.XLV, fig.178; Berlin, 1930, p.244, under no.3091/3376; Amsterdam, 1942, p.59, under no.123; Münz, 1952, II, p.186; Exh. Brussels-Rotterdam-Paris Bern, 1968-9, p.181, under no.181, n.4 (accepts signature); Rotterdam, 1988, p.250, under no.135 (accepts signature); Sumowski, 1979 etc., X, 1992, no.2394, repr. (compares especially drawings in Lugt Collection, Courtauld Institute, Besançon and Amsterdam, Sumowski 2390-2393).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection William Mayor (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
William Mayor (L.2799);* his sale, Sotheby's, 17 March, 1882, lot 146 (as Rembrandt); W.H. Lantsheer; his sale, Amsterdam, Muller, 3-4th June, 1884, lot 381, bt Thibaudeau, f.83, from whom purchased by the British Museum, 1888 (as Rembrandt).** * See 'A Brief Chronological Description of a Collection of Original Drawings and Sketches by the Old Masters [...] formed by the late Mr William Mayor [...]', London, 1875, p.132, no.642 (as by Rembrandt). In the editions of 1871 and 1874, the drawing is no.369. ** The description in the British Museum inventory, unusually, is blank where the artist's name should be; but that it was purchased as by Rembrandt is clear from the price paid, £10.

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

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