Landscape with a river and anglers; wooded country, the banks of a river in the foreground, a village with church spire amid trees beyond, a ferry boat landing at l and two anglers in a boat at r Pen and brown ink, with brown wash


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1912,1214.17

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1299x
Hind 1915-31 2
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.J.2

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Jacob Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
1650 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)
Danish (all objects)

Landscape with a river and anglers in a boat; wooded country, the banks of a river in the foreground, a village with church spire amid trees beyond, a ferry boat landing at left. c.1650

Pen and brown ink with brown wash; framing lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, left of centre, in red chalk (17th century): ‘J Cooning / f 2-10’; lower left, in graphite (17th-18th century): ‘Philip Koninck and 2 [in a circle]’.

Height: 228 millimetres
Width: 370 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 26/27mm apart)

Generally good; some foxing, mostly in the sky; a patch at top right corner; small repair at top left; the ink in the foreground has a mottled appearance, as if salts had risen through it from the paper.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Jacob Koninck, cat. no.2:
The locality of the landscape has not been identified. The early attribution to Jacob Koninck on the verso appears to be reliable. Similar red chalk inscriptions appear on stylistically comparable drawings in Rotterdam and Berlin, which may at an early date have belonged together in a compendium of twelve drawings by both Jacob Koninck and Pieter de With.[1]
All these drawings are somewhat removed in style from the only documentary drawings by the artist, cat. no.1 (Oo,9.81) above and the signed and dated drawing of 1665 in Paris (Frits Lugt Collection, Institut Néerlandais).[2] One of the Rotterdam drawings has a watermark resembling that in paper of the 1640s, and it could be that the present sheet was made during that or the following decade.[3]

[1] Rotterdam inv.MB 183-5 (Sumowski 1306x, 1309x and 1307x; Rotterdam, 1988, nos.89-91); Berlin inv.2864 (Sumowski 1304x). The first of the Rotterdam drawings is inscribed on the verso: '13 [crossed out] 12 tekeningen van dhr p. de widt / en jacobus coninck / f12 – guld'. Another drawing in Rotterdam, now attributed to de With although sometimes attributed to Jacob Koninck in the past, also came from the same set, and is similarly inscribed (inv.2410x; Rotterdam 1988, no.135, repr.; Sumowski 2410x, repr.; inscribed on the verso in red chalk: 'p de widt').
[2] Inv.1971-T3 (Sumowski 1290).
[3] Rotterdam MB 183, Sumowski 1306x (see Rotterdam, 1988, no.89).

Wurzbach, 1906, p.323 (as signed); Hind, 1913-14, no.20, repr. (accepts on basis of old attribution on verso, not a signature); London, 1915, p.81, no.2, repr. pl.XLVII; Hirschmann, 1918, p.23; Hofstede de Groot, 1927, p.268; Van Dyke, 1927, p.138 (attribution to Jacob Koninck tentative); Berlin, 1930, p.171, under no.2864 (compares drawing in Berlin, inv.2864 [Sumowski 1304x]); Henkel, 1931, p.34; Paris, 1933, p.68, under no.1345 (Jacob or Philips Koninck; compares Louvre drawings, inv.22973 and 22923 [Sumowski 1311x and 1310x]); Gerson, 1936, p.170, under no.XXXIX; Drost, 1957, p.124 (compares drawing in British Museum attributed to Elsheimer [now De With, see cat. no.5; 1893,0731.1); Bolten, 1967, p.75, under no.40 (compares drawing in Groningen, inv. 1931-169 [Sumowski 1312x]); Amsterdam, 1981, p.92, under no.22; Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1299x, repr. (accepts old attribution on verso on the basis of general comparisons with painted and drawn landscapes by the artist).

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Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by Henry Van den Bergh (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Postle Heseltine (biographical details | all objects)
Donated through The Art Fund (as NACF) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
J.P. Heseltine (L.1507); Colnaghi's (see L.1507); presented by Henry van den Bergh, through the National Art Collections Fund, 1912.

Exhibition History
London, 1914, no.35;
1933, no.90;
1956, p.30, no.3;
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue).

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