Landscape with a cottage, canal and trees, after Rembrandt; a low cottage with pailing in front at l, a brook at centre and canal beyond, a clump of trees to r. c.1650-1655 Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, on light brown prepared paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.110

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 109
Royalton-Kisch 2010 132 (anonymous Rembrandt School)
Benesch 1973 C55

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

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Circle/School of Rembrandt (anonymous) (biographical details | all objects)
After Rembrandt (biographical details | all objects)
1650 (circa)
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Landscape with a haybarn, cottage, canal and trees; a low cottage with pailing in front at left, a brook at centre and canal beyond, a clump of trees to right. c.1650

Pen and brown ink with brown and grey-brown wash on pale buff paper prepared with grey wash; ruled framing-lines in pen and brown ink (also in graphite down right side only).

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in graphite, upper left: '22 [in a circle]', and centre: '6-'; lower left: 'f11 10-'.

Height: 102 millimetres
Width: 141 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24-25mm apart)

Generally good; some light foxing; a diagonal crease from top centre towards lower right; a black smudge, upper centre.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous Rembrandt School, cat. no.132.
The pedestrian quality of the penwork suggests that the drawing is copied from or based on a lost sheet by Rembrandt[1] or one of his pupils. The composition is reminiscent of Rembrandt's landscapes of around 1650, but no directly related original is known. The handling of the trees can be compared with the 'View of the Bulwark 'de Rose'' now in Budapest (Benesch 1264) and the 'Windmill on the Bulwark 'Het Blauwhoofd' in Amsterdam' now in Paris (Lugt Collection, Institut Néerlandais; Benesch 1333).
The kind of shuttered fencing is reminiscent of that seen on the Amsteldijk between Amsterdam and Thamen, near the farm shown in three drawings by Rembrandt (Benesch 1294, 1296 and 1297). The location depicted may be in this vicinity but has not been securely identified.[2]

[1] As first suggested by Wimmer, 1935, and later by Benesch, 1955 (see Lit. below).
[2] See Exh. Amsterdam-Paris, 1998-9, p.296.

LITERATURE (as Rembrandt unless otherwise stated):
Vosmaer, 1877, p.612 ('beau dessin authentique'); Kleinmann, III, 44; Hofstede de Groot, 1906, no.951; Hind, 1915, no.109; Benesch, 1935, p.41 (c.1646-47); Wimmer, 1935, p.59 (not Rembrandt); Amsterdam, 1942, p.38, under no.75 (as Benesch, 1935, but dated c.1649-50); Wimmer, 1942, pp.59 and 68 (later imitation); Benesch, IV, 1955/73, no.C55, repr. fig.1021/1080 (copy; compares his nos 832 [here cat. no.78], 833 [Berlin], 834 [Amsterdam] 842 [Frankfurt] and 850 [St. Petersburg]; Slive, II, 1965, no.518, repr.('compares well with drawings made around 1648-50'); Exh. Amsterdam-Paris, 1998-9, p.296, repr. fig.8.

Acquisition date

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

Exhibition History
London, 1899, no.A67;
1938, no.109;
Manchester, Whitworth AG, 1982, 'Payne Knight', no.161 (Rembrandt?).

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