Landscape with an out-house; a low, square building, with a long pole resting against the side, trees behind at l, rooftops and a church tower beyond at r Pen and brown ink, with brown wash


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.88

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 127 (As Anonymous)
Sumowski 1979 continuing 2406x (De With)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 With.3

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Formerly attributed to Rembrandt (school of) (biographical details | all objects)
Drawn by Pieter de With (biographical details | all objects)
1650-1670 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

An outhouse on the edge of a town; a low, square building, with a long pole resting against the side, trees behind at left, rooftops and a church tower beyond at right. c.1650-70

Pen and brown ink with brown wash on buff brown paper.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Watermark: Foolscap with five-pointed collar.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, lower centre, in red chalk: ‘p. de widt’; lower left in pen and brown ink: ‘9/18’; upper left in graphite: ‘26 [in a circle]’.

Height: 100 millimetres (chain lines vertical, distance apart unclear)
Width: 197 millimetres

Good; small damage and tear, top left.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Pieter de With, cat. no.3:
The attribution to Pieter de With, only recently proposed,[1] is now supported by the verso inscription, revealed in 1992 (although recorded in the 1845 Register, which was apparently not consulted by previous cataloguers). The inscriptions also allow the drawing to be traced to the collection of Valerius Röver in the first half of the eighteenth century. The style is compatible with the other pen drawings by him in the collection.
The location has not been identified. A copy of the drawing is in Stockholm and another version is at Dresden.[2]

[1] See Sumowski (Literature below). In an undated note in the Department's second copy of Hind's 1915 catalogue (shelved at Cc.2.23), A. Welcker wrote: 'a drawing of the same hand signed on the back J. de With in my collection'. The drawing is now in the Prentenkabinet, Leiden (Sumowski 2407x).
[2] A note on the mount of the Stockholm drawing (there kept as anonymous) shows that the connection was first recognised by James Byam Shaw. My thanks to Peter Schatborn for noting the Dresden drawing, inv.188/1921.

Bürger, 1858, p.402 (Rembrandt); Vosmaer, 1877, p.613 (Rembrandt); London, 1915, no.127, repr. pl.XVII (doubtful as Rembrandt); Hirschmann, 1918, p.23 (by Furnerius); Sumowski, 1979 etc., X, 1992, no.2406x (by P. de With).

Acquisition date

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

Acquisition notes
Valerius Röver (cf. L.2984; Portfolio 9, no.18; nos.12-29 are described en bloc as '18. Cartons op ÿder gezet een Landschap / van Rembrandt, Eeckhout, Coning, na t'leven / getekent met de pen en gewassen. Het Per- / spectief is excellent waargenomen'; The transcription is taken from the MS in the Amsterdam University Library, on which see Rembrandt cat. no.31, n.2.); Richard Payne Knight, by whom bequeathed, 1824 (as by Rembrandt, though the presence of de With's name on the verso is noted in the 1845 Register).

Exhibition History
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