Cottages enclosed by a fence; a gabled and thatched cottage with two chimneys behind a plank fence, a hay barn and trees in the background Pen and brown ink, and brown wash, on light grey-brown prepared paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.105

Bibliographic reference
Royalton-Kisch 2010 133 (anonymous Rembrandt School)
Hind 1915-31 168

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

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Circle/School of Rembrandt (anonymous) (biographical details | all objects)
1650 (circa)
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Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Cottages enclosed by a fence; a gabled and thatched cottage with two chimneys behind a plank fence, a hay barn and trees in the background. c.1650

Pen and brown ink with brown wash on light brown paper; two sets of framing lines in pen and brown ink (one light, one dark brown).

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Watermark: Pelican (phoenix), similar to Heawood 200 (1631) and Churchill 499 (1631).

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, centre, in graphite: 'E.30'.

Height: 127 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24/25mm apart)
Width: 201 millimetres


Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous Rembrandt School, cat. no.133.
The drawing shows a form of structure that was common south of Amsterdam, with a roofline raised to create space for windows.[1] The stakes protruding above the roof in the centre suggest that the thatch required repair.
Stylistically, the drawing is reminiscent of the view of 'Houses and Trees behind two Canals' in Munich, traditionally attributed to Philips Koninck, but subsequently given to Jan van der Heyden (it is inscribed 'vander Heyde') and most recently to Pieter de With.[2] These drawings display some affinities with the work of both de With and Jacob Koninck (the older brother of the artist to whom the Munich sheet was traditionally given). Yet the analogies are insufficiently close to warrant a definite attribution. Another artist who might be brought into the discussion is Johannes Ruijscher, as the style and the spindly penlines resemble those in his signed 'Village with a Church on a River' now in Berlin.[3]

[1] My thanks to Boudewijn Bakker, with whom I discussed the drawing (2 August 1989). [2] Munich, 1973, no.622, repr. pl.270 (as van der Heyden); Sumowski 2426x (as de With).
[3] Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, inv. KdZ.3800 (Sumowski 2296).

Vosmaer, 1877, p.613 (Rembrandt, probably referring to this drawing); London, 1915, no.168, repr. pl.XXVII (anon. Rembrandt school).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight (as ‘Rembrandt query’) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Joshua Reynolds (L.2364) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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