Landscape with a winding river in flat country with hills in the distance; and a windmill on a bend of the river at centre Pen and brown ink, with watercolour and bodycolour, on Oriental paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.106

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1516x
Hind 1915-31 6
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.P.7

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 Philips Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
1669 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with a river in flat country and hills in the distance; and a windmill on a bend of the river at centre. c.1669

Watercolour and bodycolour; framing-lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: blank.

Watermark: a heart (similar to Briquet nos.4206 [Paris 1519] and 4211 [Geneva 1532] (see note 1 below).

Inscription Content: None.

Height: 100 millimetres
Width: 130 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 23mm apart)

Somewhat creased, worn, rubbed and faded; some losses of pigment along old folds and elsewhere.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Philips Koninck, cat. no.7:
The location depicted has not been identified, but like cat. no.9 (Oo,9.83) could be based on the terrain near the Utrecht hills.
The small scale of the sheet appears to have elicited from the artist a particularly detailed approach.[1] It may perhaps be somewhat earlier than the drawings in a comparable technique, made in the 1670s (cf. cat. nos.8-10, and 12 (1895,0915.1192; Oo,9.83; Gg,2.257; and Oo,9.108), though not necessarily so.[2]

[1] The watermark is unusual for a seventeenth-century drawing. If the paper is indeed sixteenth-century, it may have contributed to the artist's choice of a more detailed style than usual.
[2] The composition, with its many areas of water and the low hills in the distance, resembles those of Koninck's oil paintings of the 1670s more than his earlier work.

LITERATURE (always as Koninck except Bürger, 1858):
Bürger, 1858, p.403 (Rembrandt, 'un bijou'); London, 1915, p.82, no.6; Gerson, 1936, no.Z.52; Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1516x, repr. (compares cat. no.10; Gg,2.257 of 1674).

landscape (all objects)
windmill (all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight (as Rembrandt) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
No recorded exhibitions.

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