Boat-houses amid trees and a church on the banks of a canal Pen and brown ink, on Oriental paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1910,0212.155

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 17
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.26

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

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Production person
Attributed to Jan Lievens (biographical details | all objects)
1663 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)
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Boathouses and a church on the banks of a river (at Loenen?). c.1663

Pen and brown ink, touched with grey wash, on oriental paper.

Verso: blank (see Inscriptions).

No watermark (oriental paper).

Inscription Content: Inscribed lower right, in pen and brown ink: ‘11’; verso, in graphite, centre: ‘5 [in a circle]’; lower right: ‘6096/g.gi’.

Height: 111 millimetres (no chain lines - oriental paper)
Width: 178 millimetres

Generally good; horizontal crease one third of the way down; other creases top left; an accidental spot of brown wash, top centre.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Jan Lievens, cat. no.26:
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 this and cat. no.25 (1949,0411.96) stands somewhat apart from Lievens: the touch is more rapid and angular, so that for example the tips of foliage are indicated by sharp points rather than Lievens' characteristically rounded pen strokes. Yet no more convincing name has been proposed and the traditional attribution is therefore retained here, albeit tentatively.
The topography has not been certainly identified, although the situation of the tower resembles that at Loenen on the Vecht in the province of Utrecht.[1]

[1] As first suggested by Christopher White and Van Regteren Altena (notes in file). There is a print of the view, but from a greater distance, by Rademaker, dated 1670. I am grateful to Peter Schatborn, who in October 2006 sent me an image of a drawing that also strongly suggests Loenen (Rijksmuseum, inv.A1814).

London, 1915, p.87, no.17, repr. pl.LVI; Schneider, 1932, no.Z.193 (with suggested provenance which is incorrect, as pointed out in 1973 ed. by Ekkart, p.366, under no.Z.164); Parker, 1928, p.46.

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by George Salting (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Anon. collector's mark 'ML', lower left (L. ‘Supplément’, 1886b); George Salting, by whom bequeathed, 1910.

Exhibition History
London, 1910, p.5.

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