Two pollard willows in front of a woody glade; a thinner tree to r Pen and brown ink, on Oriental paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1197

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1696x
Hind 1915-31 26
JCR 729
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.18

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)
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Two pollard willows in front of a woody glade; a thinner tree to right. c.1660-70
Pen and brown ink on oriental paper; remnants of framing-lines in graphite
Verso: see Inscriptions
No watermark (oriental paper)

Inscription Content: Inscribed recto, lower right in pen and brown ink: ‘JCR’; lower left: an erased and now illegible inscription in graphite; verso, in graphite, lower left: ‘[...] '8\ / £10' [?]’; lower right: '9 / 6 sheet'.

Height: 231 millimetres (no chain lines – oriental paper)
Width: 374 millimetres

Generally good; a slightly rubbed area left of centre.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Jan Lievens, cat. no.18:
For the problems posed in attributing landscape drawings to Jan Lievens and his son, Jan Andrea Lievens, see the biography of the latter.
The motif of a decaying willow dominates several of Lievens' landscape drawings, including cat. no.21 (1836,0811.340) and a drawing in Dresden (inv. C-1898-31; Sumowski 1700x).

Robinson, 1869/76, no.713/729; London, 1915, p.88, no.26; Schneider, 1932, no.Z.252; Exh. New York-Paris, 1977-78, p.97, under no.66, n.3; Sumowski, 1979 etc., VII, 1983, p.3776, no.1696x, repr. (compares style of drawings in Lugt collection, inv.1411, Sumowski 1670x and Ames collection, Sumowski 1679x); Exh. Vancouver-Ottawa-Washington, 1988-9, p.135, under no.41, repr. p.137, fig.1 (compares drawing in Ottawa, inv. no.5063, which is mentioned by Sumowski under no.1672x, no.3).

tree/bush (scope note | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Col John Wingfield Malcolm (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir John Charles Robinson (L.1433) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Malcolm of Poltalloch (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Lawrence (?) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Hind follows Robinson, 1869/76, no.713/729, who for reasons that are unclear suggested that the drawing may have been in Thomas Lawrence’s collection.

Exhibition History
London, 1956, p.29, no.2.

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