View of a town with a church with square tower (Dordrecht ?); a field in the foreground, and buildings beyond Pen and brown ink and brown wash, on pale brown prepared paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1276

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 158 (as School of Rembrandt)
JCR 804
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Furnerius.7

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)
1650-1654 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A view of Rotterdam; a field in the foreground, and buildings beyond. c.1650-54
Pen and brown ink with brown and reddish-brown wash.
Verso: laid down on card.
No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: On verso of backing card, top right, in pen and brown ink by J.C. Robinson: ‘Rembrandt’; and right: ‘x /60/ View of Dort/ JC Robinson/ had from Mr Garles coll’; and left, also by Robinson: ‘1835 WE 160x=£8.00’.

Height: 93 millimetres
Width: 142 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 20/23mm apart)

A little discoloured; rubbed along lower edge; small losses lower left and in roof of church; trimmed (see Acquisitions & Provenance).

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Abraham Furnerius, cat. no.7:
The drawing shows the St Laurenskerk (or Grote Kerk), the main church in Rotterdam,[1] the town where the artist died on 6 May 1654. The attribution depends on the similarity of the drawing to a 'Distant View of Amsterdam' now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, which bears an old, perhaps seventeenth-century, inscription with Furnerius' name.[2] The style is indeed close, as is that of the 'View of the Amstel', also in Oxford, which however contains some watercolour.[3]

[1] Identified by Drs P.J.E. Luykx (see Broos, 1984, p.167).
[2] See Sumowski 984xx, inscribed 'a furnerius'.
[3] Sumowski 985xx.

Robinson, 1869/76, no.786/804; London, 1915, no.158, repr. pl.XXIII (School of Rembrandt; probably of Dordrecht); Sumowski, 1979 etc., IV, 1981, no.986xx (attributed to Furnerius orally by K. Bauch, referring to 'Distant View of Amsterdam' now in Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Sumowski 984xx); Broos, 1984, p.167 (P.J.E. Luykx identifies as a view of Rotterdam).

church (scope note | all objects)

Associated places
Topographic representation of Rotterdam (all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Col John Wingfield Malcolm (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir John Charles Robinson (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Malcolm of Poltalloch (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Thomas Garle (See verso inscription; not identifiable in his sale catalogue, London, Christie's, 24 May, 1862.) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
William Esdaile (? - see verso inscription; the drawing cannot be identified with any certainty in Esdaile's sale catalogues, though at Christie's, 22 June, 1840, lot 1019, ‘A view of Dort bistre’, sold for one guinea); Thomas Garle (see inscription, verso, and Robinson, 1869/76; see under L.1296); J. C. Robinson (see verso inscription; a fragment in gold of his mark, L.1433, upper left, the ‘J’ trimmed away); John Malcolm of Poltalloch; purchased with his collection.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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