A distant view of Amsterdam; with church spire, windmill and another tower (the Westerkerk?) to r Brush drawing in brown wash, over black chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1278

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 159 (as School of Rembrandt)
JCR 806
Sumowski 1979 continuing 988xx (Furnerius)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Furnerius.9

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Attributed to 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 distant view of Amsterdam; with church spire, windmill and another tower (the Westerkerk?) to right. c.1650-54
Brush and brown wash over traces of black chalk.
Verso: see Inscriptions.
No watermark.

Inscription Content: Verso, in graphite, centre: ‘Amsterdam/Rembrant’, and to right: ‘806 [the Robinson number]’ and lower left: ‘am.r [...]’.

Height: 59 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 23/4mm apart)
Width: 189 millimetres

Generally good; a little worn in parts, especially near left edge.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Abraham Furnerius, cat. no.9:
The view is taken from the Kadijk, next to the St Anthoniesdijk, towards the Rijzenhoofd bulwark: to the left is the tower of the Zuiderkerk, with that of the Montelbaanstoren on the right. The warehouses of the Dutch East and West India Companies are in the centre. Much the same view is shown, in reverse, in Rembrandt's earlier etched 'View of Amsterdam' (Bartsch 210, Hind 176), but a more substantial windmill had replaced the one on the bulwark in the centre in around 1650.[1]
The attribution is not wholly secure, but seems plausible on the basis of comparisons with two other views of Amsterdam on the same scale, one in Cambridge (Sumowski 987xx), the other - attributed to Furnerius in an eighteenth-century inscription on the drawing - in Oxford (Sumowski 984xx).

[1] The topography was described in full by Lugt, 1920, and in Exh. Amsterdam-Paris, 1997-8 (see Lit. below and Exhibitions (under Location), respectively).

Robinson, 1869/76, no.790/806 (Rembrandt; formerly owned by Robinson); London, 1915, no.159, repr. pl.XXIV (Rembrandt school); Amsterdam, 1917, p.36, no.4 (topography); Lugt, 1920, p.133, n.1 (see above); Exh. Cambridge, 1966, under no.30 (compares drawing in Cambridge, Sumowski 987xx, PD340-1963); Sumowski, 1979 etc., IV, 1981, no.988xx (attributes to Furnerius, comparing Cambridge drawing as Exh. Cambridge, 1966); Broos, 1984, p.166 (Furnerius a significant topographical draughtsman).

Associated places
Topographic representation of Amsterdam (all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Col John Wingfield Malcolm (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir John Charles Robinson (according to Robinson, 1869/76 - see Lit. under Comment) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Malcolm of Poltalloch (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
1998/9 Amsterdam-Paris, p.211, n.4, repr. fig.4 (as Lugt, 1920).

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