The trunk of an old tree Pen and brown ink, with lines partly indented, on Oriental paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.340

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1701
Hind 1915-31 28
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.21

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)
British (all objects)

The trunk of an old tree;

Pen and brown ink, on oriental paper; outlines partly indented; framing lines in pen and dark brown ink.

Verso: laid down.

No watermark (oriental paper).

Inscription Content: None visible.

Height: 349 millimetres (no chain lines – oriental paper)
Width: 220 millimetres

Faded and has perhaps been washed; some minor creasing.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Jan Lievens, cat. no.21:
For the problems posed in attributing landscape drawings to Jan Lievens and his son, Jan Andrea Lievens, see the biography of the latter.
Another such study focusing on a single, decaying tree-trunk is in Dresden (inv. C-1898-31; Sumowski 1700x).[1] It is of interest that some of the outlines of this drawing have been indented, as this may indicate Lievens' working method when transferring individual motifs into his more finished compositions.

[1] As pointed out by Sumowski (see Lit. below).

Schneider, 1932, no.Z.254; Sumowski, 1979 etc, VII, 1983, no.1701x (compares Dresden sheet as above); Exh. Washington-Milwaukee-Amsterdam, 2008-9, no.135, repr.

tree/bush (scope note | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from William Smith, the printseller (purchased through) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Sheepshanks (L.2333 visible through the sheet) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
1956, London, p.29, no.6
2008/9 Oct-Jan, Washington, NG of Art, Jan Lievens (1607-1674)
2009 Feb-April, Milwaukee Art Museum, Jan Lievens (1607-1674)

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