Landscape with a wood; in the foreground a network of paths Pen and brown ink and grey and brown wash, touched with red-brown wash


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,10.125

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1041xx (Furnerius)
Hind 1915-31 163 (as School of Rembrandt)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Furnerius.1

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Abraham Furnerius (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Rembrandt (School of) (biographical details | all objects)
1650 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with a wood; in the foreground a network of paths. c.1650
Pen and brown and grey ink, with brown, grey and red-brown wash, touched with red chalk; framing lines in pen and brown ink and (below only) graphite.
Verso: laid down on an eighteenth-century mat.
No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: Inscribed lower right, in pen and brown ink: ‘Rembrant.f.’; on verso of mat, in pen and brown ink, probably by Jonathan Richardson, jun: ‘The Wood of Haerlem/ Remb:1’.

Height: 142 millimetres (arched top)
Width: 220 millimetres (chain lines horizontal; distance apart uncertain)

Generally good; small rubbed spot in trees, right of centre.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Abraham Furnerius, cat. no.1:
Characteristic of the drawings attributed to Furnerius on the basis of those with early, but perhaps not autograph, inscriptions with the artist's name. The closest, perhaps, to the present example are the 'View of Amsterdam' in Cambridge (Sumowski 987xx),[1] and the 'Row of Trees between Fields' in Dresden (Sumowski 992xx).[2]

[1] Inv. no.PD.340-1963, inscribed in a seventeenth or early eighteenth century hand: 'abraham furnerius fecit.'.
[2] Inv. C 1413, inscribed in an eighteenth century hand: 'abrah. farndrius.'.

Bürger, 1858, p.402 (Rembrandt); London, 1915, no.163, repr. pl.XXV (compares Furnerius drawings in Dresden [Sumowski 990xx and 992xx] and 'Forest Road' sold in Amsterdam in 1908 as P. Koninck [Sumowski 1043xx as Furnerius]); Hirschmann, 1918, p.23 (P. Koninck; compares unspecified drawing in Haarlem signed on verso [probably Sumowski 1364]); Exh. Brussels-Rotterdam-Paris-Bern, 1968-9, under no.58 (typical of Furnerius group); Exh. Chicago-Minneapolis-Detroit, 1969-70, under no.178 (part of a large group of six woodland drawings by Furnerius); Keyes, 1977, p.67, under no.116 (by Furnerius); Exh. New York-Paris, 1977-8, p.62, under no.42 (by Furnerius); Sumowski, IV, 1981, no.1041xx, repr. (by Furnerius).

landscape (all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight (as Rembrandt) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Jonathan Richardson Junior (L.2184) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Joshua Reynolds (L.2364) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Anon Lugt 2908 (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
London, 1956, p.28, no.5;
1978, BM, Gainsborough and Reynolds in the BM, no 283.

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