View of a canal, with a windmill and trees Pen and brown ink and brown wash, on buff paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Gg,2.256

Bibliographic reference
Royalton-Kisch 2010 135 (anonymous Rembrandt School)
Hind 1915-31 162

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Circle/School of Rembrandt (anonymous) (biographical details | all objects)
1650-1660 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

View of a canal with a windmill near a bridge. c.1650-60

Pen and brown ink with brown wash and some grey wash, on buff rag paper prepared with brown wash; ruled framing lines in pen and brown ink and (except on the left) red chalk.

Verso: laid down on eighteenth-century mat.

No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: Inscribed on verso of mat, Cracherode’s mark (L.606), with the year '1784'.

Height: 113 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24mm apart)
Width: 245 millimetres

Generally good; a vertical crease 45mm from left edge; a few old stains; a rubbed patch at top right corner.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous Rembrandt School, cat. no.135.
Traditionally given to Rembrandt, the drawing was rejected by the end of the nineteenth century.[1] The draughtsman cannot be identified, but the style is clearly derived from Rembrandt, who did occasionally experiment with comparable, rough-textured papers in landscape drawings of the 1650s or later.[2] It is likely to be the work of a pupil or follower of the 1650s.

[1] It was not included in the 1899 exhibition of all the Rembrandt drawings in the British Museum.
[2] As in Benesch nos.1239 (Chatsworth), 1353 (Cambridge, Fitzwilliam) and 1368 (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum).

Bürger, 1858, p.402 (Rembrandt, 'très-sobre et très-beau'); Vosmaer, 1877, p.612 (Rembrandt); Dutuit, IV, 1885, p.86 (Rembrandt); London, 1915, no.162, repr. pl.XXIV (anon. Rembrandt school, reminiscent of Lievens); Hirschmann, 1918, p.23 (not like Lievens).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Clayton Mordaunt Cracherode (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
C. M. Cracherode, acquired in 1784 (L.606, with the year), by whom bequeathed, 1799.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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