A shepherd resting beneath trees near farm-buildings; the shepherd seated to l, farm buildings behind a fence to r Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, on Oriental paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1860,0616.59

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1682x
Hind 1915-31 24
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.16

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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A shepherd resting beneath trees near farm-buildings; the shepherd seated to left, farm buildings behind a fence to right. c.1660-70
Pen and brown ink, touched with brown wash, on oriental paper
Verso: see Inscriptions
No watermark (oriental paper)

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, centre, in graphite: ‘14 [underlined; in other respects similar to cat. no.14; 1860-0616.58]’.

Height: 233 millimetres (no chain lines - oriental paper)
Width: 377 millimetres

Generally good; some scuffs and dirt near edges; glue on verso has left a shadow around the margins.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Jan Lievens, cat. no.16:
For the problems posed in attributing landscape drawings to Jan Lievens and his son, Jan Andrea Lievens, see the biography of the latter.
The drawing resembles cat. no.14 (1860-0616.58) in style and technique, and their shared provenance and similar numerations on the verso further suggest that they may have belonged to a series. In style it has also been compared with a drawing of 'Woodland with Hunters' in Rotterdam, which has an old attribution to the younger Lievens on the verso.[1]

[1] See Exh. Braunschweig, 1979, no.72, repr. (inv. no.MB 198). The drawing is catalogued as by the younger Lievens in Rotterdam, 1988, no.109.

London, 1915, p.88, no.24; Schneider, 1932, no.Z.294; Sumowski, 1979 etc., VII, 1983, no.1682x (compares style of drawing in Louvre, inv.22.727, repr. Paris, 1929, pl.LXX, no.417); Budapest, 2005, p.162, under no.154 (compares composition of the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest drawing, Sumowski 1682x).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased through Walter Benjamin Tiffin (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased through Christie's (6 vi.1860/part of lot 537, 2 in lot, as Livens 'Landscapes - pen and bistre' bt Tiffin £2-8-0) (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased from Samuel Woodburn (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Lawrence (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Thomas Lawrence (L.2445); Samuel Woodburn; his 'Lawrence' sale, Christie's, 6 June, 1860, lot 587, with another drawing [here no.14; 1860,0616.58], bt Tiffin, £2-8s-0d; W. B. Tiffin, from whom purchased, 1860.

Exhibition History
London, 1956, p.29, no.1;
Braunschweig, 1979, pp.22 and 31, and no.74 (group of drawings of c.1660, most on oriental paper; especially close to Amsterdam drawing, inv.A3690, Schneider, 1932, no.Z.304; see further below).

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