Landscape with a village and anglers; several men fishing on the banks of a canal in the foreground, one from a boat, a clump of trees to r and in the background a village with haystack and windmill Pen and brown ink, with some brown wash


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1277

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 170 (as School of Rembrandt)
Sumowski 1979 continuing 337x (Borssom)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Hoogstraten.5

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 Anthonie van Borssom (biographical details | all objects)
Drawn by Samuel van Hoogstraten (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Rembrandt (school of) (biographical details | all objects)
1649 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with a village and anglers; several men fishing on the banks of a canal in the foreground, one from a boat, a clump of trees to right and in the background a village with haystack and windmill. c.1649

Pen and brown ink with brown wash.

Verso: laid down on card. The drawing was inspected in transmitted light in 1992 but nothing was visible through the backing.

No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: Inscribed on verso of backing, upper right, in graphite: ‘14 [over an erased inscription that read: ‘Original Drawing by Rembrandt’]’ and to right: ‘Lot 805 Geo. [cut off]’; lower centre, ‘Lot 805 Geo Knapton's sale’; centre, in pen and brown ink: ‘J C Robinson/1857’; an erased inscription in graphite, lower centre: ‘Bar [...] 1236/July 20/1841’.

Height: 147 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 23/24mm apart)
Width: 213 millimetres

Good, though slightly trimmed.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Samuel van Hoogstraten, cat. no.5:
Previously attributed to Rembrandt, to his school, and to Anthonie van Borssom, the drawing is comparable to several signed works by Samuel van Hoogstraten, to whom few landscape drawings have been attributed. The somewhat stilted description of the vegetation, with the pockets of parallel hatching, and the drily handled wash are similar to the background of the 'Manoah's Offering' in Braunschweig, which is signed and dated 1649 (Sumowski 1108). The schematically drawn figures and the background buildings, described largely in terms of simple outline, are also near the right-hand section of the 'Eliezer and Rebecca' in Berlin (Sumowski 1117). Other drawings that provide such points of comparison include the 'Abraham entertaining the Angels' in Dresden (Sumowski 1175x), the outlined buildings in the 'Christ blessing the Children' in Hamburg (Sumowski 1227x), and the background figures in cat. no.6 (1895,0915.1201). A date around 1649, the year of the Braunschweig drawing, seems probable.

Robinson, 1869/76, no.789/805 (Rembrandt); London, 1915, no.170, repr. pl.XXVII (anonymous school of Rembrandt, possibly Van Borssom); Sumowski, II, 1979, no.337x (early Van Borssom; compares background to 'Farmstead with Mill' in Amsterdam, Sumowski 336x and figures to folio 30 recto of the van Borssom sketchbook, Sumowski 324, here cat. no.19; 1854,0628.111); Starcky, 1988, p.392 (Van Borssom).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Col John Wingfield Malcolm (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir John Charles Robinson (L.1433) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Malcolm of Poltalloch (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
J.C. Robinson (L.1433); John Malcolm of Poltalloch; purchased with his collection, 1895.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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