Open space in a forest, with deer resting; a pond at l, the deer at centre, one stag standing, more deer beneath trees at r Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, on Oriental paper


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1860,0616.58

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 22
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.14

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

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Drawn by Jan Lievens (biographical details | all objects)
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Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A clearing in a forest, with deer by a pond; the deer at centre, one stag standing, more deer beneath trees at right. c.1660-70
Pen and brown ink on oriental paper; remnant of a framing line in pen and brown ink at right edge
Verso: see Inscriptions
No watermark (oriental paper)

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, centre, in graphite: ‘13’ and lower right: ‘10.10.0’.

Height: 230 millimetres (no chain lines)
Width: 379 millimetres

Generally good; some discolouration near edges, where also a shadow caused by old glue.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Jan Lievens, cat. no.14:
For the problems posed in attributing landscape drawings to Jan Lievens and his son, Jan Andrea Lievens, see the biography of the latter. The present drawing is related in style to several that are currently accepted as the work of the elder Lievens, including the 'Village among Trees', also on oriental paper, in the Albertina, Vienna.[1] This bears an old inscription attributing the drawing to the Younger Lievens.

[1] Inv.8907, Sumowski 1737x, inscribed 'Jan Lievensze. de Jonge. f. omtrent Ao.1660'.

London, 1915, p.88, no.22; Schneider, 1932, no.Z.323; Sumowski, 1979 etc., VII, 1983, p.3742, no.10.

landscape (all objects)

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 (L.2445) (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.16; 1860,0616.59], bt Tiffin, £2-8s-0d; W. B. Tiffin, from whom purchased, 1860.

Exhibition History
London, 1956, p.29, no.9;
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue).

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