Landscape with a hay-barn and a road leading towards a town with windmill Pen and brown ink and brown wash, on buff prepared paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.107

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1293x (J Koninck)
Hind 1915-31 160 (as School of Rembrandt)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.J.5

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Attributed to Jacob Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Rembrandt (School of) (biographical details | all objects)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)
Danish (all objects)

Landscape with a hay-barn and a road; leading towards a town with windmill. c.1665
Pen and brown ink with brown wash, touched with grey wash, on paper washed light brown.
Verso: laid down on card (remnant of old mat).
No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: Inscribed on verso of backing, in graphite: ‘19 [in a circle]’.

Height: 93 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 23mm apart)
Width: 220 millimetres

Trimmed irregularly; the upper left section and top right corner made up.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Jacob Koninck, cat. no.5:
The site depicted is apparently the farm near the Diemerdijk also seen in Rembrandt's etching, the 'Landscape with a Milkman' of around 1650 (Bartsch 213, Hind 242). The drawing ascribed tentatively to him, 1895,0915.1258 (qv), is another view of the same buildings but seen from the other side.[1] The present drawing shows them from approximately the same angle as Rembrandt's etched 'Landscape with a Haybarn and a Flock of Sheep' of 1652 (Bartsch 224, Hind 241), but subtle differences suggest that the various views were not taken at the same time.
The attribution, first advanced only recently,[2] is tentative, but the style has closer analogies with Jacob Koninck than with other landscape draughtsmen working in a Rembrandtesque manner, as a comparison with the other works by him in the Museum's collection attests.

[1] As first noticed by Christopher White (note in Museum files) and later by Broos in Amsterdam, 1981 (see Lit. below).
[2] By Sumowski (see Lit. below).

Bürger, 1858, p.402 (Rembrandt); London, 1915, no.160 (Rembrandt School, possibly by Lievens); Amsterdam, 1981, p.151, n.8, under no.41 (attrib. to Lievens; see n.1 above); Sumowski, VI, 1982, no.1293x, repr. (attributes to J. Koninck; compares especially drawing of same motif in Pierpont Morgan Library, Sumowksi 1292x); Exh. Amsterdam-Paris, 1998-9, p.226 and n.13 (topography).

harvesting/haymaking (all objects)

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

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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