Landscape with trees near the foreground, beyond which cows are being milked Pen and brown ink, on Oriental paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1946,0713.163

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1675x
Hind 1915-31 Add.28d
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.20
Phillipps-Fenwick 1935 p.191(1)

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Jan Lievens (biographical details | all objects)
1660-1670 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Cows being milked under trees; landscape with trees near the foreground. c.1660-70
Pen and brown ink on oriental paper
Verso: laid down on card
No watermark (oriental paper)

Inscription Content: Inscribed on verso of backing card, in pen and black ink, centre: ‘Drawings Mounted by McKenzie / No.100 Berwick street soho’; in graphite lower right: ‘114’.

Height: 229 millimetres (no chain lines - oriental paper)
Width: 347 millimetres

Good, if a little faded and perhaps trimmed. Some discolouration at extreme edges, perhaps caused by damp.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Jan Lievens, cat. no.20:
For the problems posed in attributing landscape drawings to Jan Lievens and his son, Jan Andrea Lievens, see the biography of the latter.
A characteristic example of Lievens's landscape style. Here the penwork seems especially close to that of the drawings signed by Jan Andries Lievens (qv). A milkmaid is also present in a drawing on oriental paper in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which is similar in style and has a comparable woodland setting (inv. no.61.137; Sumowski 1673x).[1]

[1] A sketch related to the New York drawing is in Dresden (inv. no. C1453; Sumowski 1672x).

Popham, 1935, p.191, no.1 (Jan Andrea Lievens); Schneider-Ekkart, 1973 ed. only, pp.395-6, no.SZ. LXXXI (as Popham 1935); Amsterdam, 1981, p.172, under no.48 (Jan Lievens); Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1675x (Jan Lievens).

tree/bush (scope note | all objects)
farming (scope note | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by Count Antoine Seilern (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, 6.vi.1860/538 as 'Lievens - Views of Dutch farm houses and barns - pen and bistre', 4 in) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Phillipps (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Lawrence (L.2445) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Thomas Lawrence (L.2445); Samuel Woodburn, sale, Christie’s, 4 June, 1860, lot 538 (one of 4 drawings in the lot, the others here cat. nos.22, 23 and J. Koninck cat. no. 4, respectively 1946,0713.160, 162 and 161), bt Sir T. Phillipps, 10s; by descent to Thomas Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick; presented anonymously, 1946.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions.

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