Houses among trees; a group of cottages and sheds with tall chimneys, a boat on water in the foreground Pen and brown ink


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1946,0713.162

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1736x
Hind 1915-31 Add.28b
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.23
Phillipps-Fenwick 1935 p.190(2)

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)

Houses among trees near a canal; a group of cottages and sheds with tall chimneys, a boat on water in the foreground. c.1660-70
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash; framing-lines in pen and brown ink
Verso: see inscriptions
No watermark

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in pen and brown ink, left of centre, mathematical calculations; lower right, in graphite: ‘113 2 [the ‘2’ in a circle]’.

Height: 225 millimetres
Width: 351 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 22mm apart)

Somewhat faded and discoloured, with light foxing; has suffered from damp (especially patches at lower left and at centre right edge).

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Jan Lievens, cat. no.23:
For the problems posed in attributing landscape drawings to Jan Lievens and his son, Jan Andrea Lievens, see the biography of the latter.
The style of the drawing, somewhat less liquid and with more splintery lines than the majority of Lievens's landscapes, conforms with that seen in some other views with an architectural focus, such as the 'Roomhuis in the Haagse Bos' in Paris, Institut Néerlandais (collection F. Lugt; inv.1411; Sumowski 1670x), the 'View in Haarlem' in Berlin (inv.5862; Sumowski 1743x), the 'Village Street seen through an arched Gate' in Edinburgh (inv. RSA 92; Sumowski 1723ax) and in the foreground of cat. no.22 (1946,0713.160).

Popham, 1935, p.190, no.2; Schneider-Ekkart, 1973 ed. only, pp.392-3, no.SZ 443; Sumowski, 1979 etc., VII, 1983, no.1736x.

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 (10s) (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
Sumowski 1736x suggests identifying the drawing with one sold from the collection of Frans van de Velde, Amsterdam, 13 January, 1775, portf. A, under no.58 (sold to Yver; ‘Peasant Dwelling near Water’, pen and ink, 218 x 340; Schneider, 1932/73, p.220, no.Z.203). 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. nrs.20, 22 and J. Koninck cat. no.4, [respectively 1946,0713.163, 160 and 161]), bt Sir T. Phillipps, 10s; by descent to Thomas Fitzroy Phillipps-Fenwick; presented anonymously, 1946.

Exhibition History
London, 1956, p.29, no.4.

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