print study / drawing

View of Ransdorp in Waterland, study for a print; a church surrounded by cottages in a clump of trees Pen and brown ink, on light brown prepared paper


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.81

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 1
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1289
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.J.1

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
print study (scope note | all objects)
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Jacob Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
1663 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

View of Ransdorp in Waterland; a church with a large square tower, surrounded by cottages in a clump of trees. c.1663
Pen and brown ink, with some indications in graphite, on paper tinted brown.
Verso: see Inscriptions.
Watermark: bunch of grapes (fragmentary).

Inscription Content: A few touches of darker ink in the lower left hand corner and lower centre resemble inscriptions, but are not clearly decipherable. Verso inscribed with register no. and in graphite: ‘17 [in a circle]’ and ‘Sunk Mount [19th century]’.

Height: 94 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 22/24mm apart)
Width: 187 millimetres

Somewhat rubbed, faded and stained.

Curator's comments
For the etching see 1842,0806.146.

Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Jacob Koninck, cat. no.1:
Like the drawing in this collection by Anthonie van Borssom (see cat. no.4 1836,0811.55), the present work depicts the church at Ransdorp.[1]
The drawing, the only one to be connected with another of Jacob Koninck's productions, served as the preparatory sketch for his etching of the same subject, which is signed and dated 1663 and shows the composition in reverse (B.238, H.329). The etching is slightly narrower than the drawing, but otherwise the differences between them are minor.
Clearly influenced by Rembrandt's landscape drawings of the 1640s and 1650s, the present sheet may have been executed some years before the related etching of 1663. The style also resembles that of Pieter de With (qv).

[1] Other drawings of the church are enumerated in that entry, which also gives some historical details concerning the structure. The location was identified in the present composition by Six, 1909, p.95 (mentioning only the related etching).

LITERATURE ('etching' refers to Bartsch 238, Hind 329, formerly attributed to Rembrandt but by Jacob Koninck):
Vosmaer, 1868, p.222 (Rembrandt, for his etching [the print in fact by Jacob Koninck]); Vosmaer, 1877, p.612 (Rembrandt); Dutuit, IV, 1885, p.86 (Rembrandt); Seidlitz, 1895, p.134, under no.238 (by Jacob Koninck, for the etching, in reverse); Hind, 1912/23, I, under no.329 (as Seidlitz, 1895); Hind, 1913-14, under no.20; London, 1915, pp.80-81, no.1, repr. pl.XLVII (as Seidlitz, 1895); Hirschmann, 1918, p.23; Seidlitz, 1922, p.194, under no.238 (as Seidlitz, 1895); Hofstede de Groot, 1927, p.268; Van Dyke, 1927, p.138, repr. pl.XLIII, fig.169; Berlin, 1930, p.171, under no.2864 (as London, 1915; compares Berlin 'Panorama', inv.2864); Henkel, 1931, p.84; Gerson, 1936, p.170, under no.ZXXXIX (compares Maes cat. no.5; 1905,1110.68); Oxford, 1938, p.79 (compares views of Ransdorp in Oxford, Benesch 1310, and Van Borssom in British Museum [see cat. no.4, 1836,0811.55]); Hollstein, IX, n.d. [c.1953], p.264, under no.1; Münz, 1952, p.186, under no.356; Biörklund and Barnard, 1955, p.129, under no.BB Rej 27); White and Boon, 1969, I, p.180, under no.B248 (comparing drawing in Dresden, C.1335, HdG.283 [repr. Sumowski 2400x as P. de With]); Amsterdam, 1981, p.92, under no.22; Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1289, repr.; Haarlem, 1997, p.211, under no.223 (compares drawing of 'Farm with Haystack' in Teyler Museum, inv. P*26); Exh. Paris-Amsterdam, 1997, p.168, under no.74 (compares 'Farm among Trees', Paris, Lugt Collection, inv.220, Sumowski 1315xx).

church (scope note | all objects)

Associated places
Topographic representation of Ransdorp (all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight (in Register as a copy from the etching) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue).

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