Landscape with houses amid trees in the foreground, and a town in the distance Pen and brown ink, with grey and brown wash


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1876,1209.628

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 15
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.13

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 (c.)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)
British (all objects)

Landscape with houses amidst trees and a vista towards Haarlem. c.1660-70
Pen and brown ink with brown wash and (later) grey wash.
Verso: see Inscriptions.
No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in graphite, lower right: ‘Alckmaer’ and lower left ‘67 [in a circle]’.

Height: 234 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 28mm apart)
Width: 351 millimetres

The grey wash is a later addition; some rubbed spots, especially in the sky; the drawing may have been cleaned, leading to a somewhat drained appearance.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Jan Lievens, cat. no.13:
For the problems posed in attributing landscape drawings to Jan Lievens and his son, Jan Andrea Lievens, see the biography of the latter.
The view of the distant town, only recently identified as Haarlem, includes the great church of St Bavo, with to the left the Klockhuis and the St Janskerk.[1]
A similar view towards Haarlem by the artist is in the Abrams collection, Boston, in which the houses here in the left foreground appear on the right. The somewhat drier handling of the present sheet suggests that it is the later of the two, although no great separation of time need have occurred between them (their dimensions are similar).[2]

[1] Identified by William W. Robinson, in Exh. Amsterdam-Vienna-New York-Cambridge, 1991-2 (see Lit. below).
[2] The Abrams sheet (Sumowski 1732X, see loc. cit. and Exh. London-Paris-Cambridge, 2002-3, no.61, repr.; and Exh. Washington-Milwaukee-Amsterdam, 2008-9, no.130, repr.), measures 233 x 357mm. and has a watermark ('IHS' with 'B' below). Both drawings may have formerly been in two eighteenth-century sale catalogues that included views outside Haarlem (see Schneider, 1932, no.Z.151 - the D. Smith sale, Amsterdam, 13 July, 1761, Kunstboek G. no.459, bt Muyskens, fl.4.15, and [certainly as two drawings] in the Amsterdam sale, 16 November, 1778, lot 176, bt Yver, fl.3).

London, 1915, p.87, no.15 (possibly a view outside Leiden); Schneider, 1932, no.131 (represents Alkmaar); Exh. Brussels-Rotterdam-Paris, 1972-3, under no.60; Turin, 1974, p.51, under no.70 (c.1650-60; compares drawing in Turin, inv.16458); Sumowski, 1979 etc., VII, 1983, p.3854, under no.1732x (related to drawing in Abrams collection); Exh. Amsterdam-Vienna-New York-Cambridge, 1991-2, p.150, under no.66 (view is of Haarlem; otherwise as Sumowski, 1983); Exh. London-Paris-Cambridge, 2002-3, p.148, under no.61, repr. fig.1; Exh. Turin, 2006-7, p.84, repr. fig.21.1.

landscape (all objects)

Associated places
Topographic representation of Leiden (?) (all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Joseph Hogarth (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection William Mayor (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Anon. sale, Amsterdam, Roos, de Vries and Brondgeest, 1 March, 1819, Kunstboek W, no.6 (as a view of Alkmaar), bt Lamberts, f.1; J. Schmidt and Hagedorn sale, Amsterdam, de Vries, Brondgeest and Engelberts, 24 April, 1820, Kbk.E, no.9 (as a view of Alkmaar), bt Lamberts, 10 stuivers, with no.E.8; William Mayor (L.2799; catalogue 1871, no.372; 1875, no.647); purchased from Messrs Hogarth (as a view of Alkmaar).

Exhibition History
Exh. London, 1956, p.29, no.5.

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