Landscape of open country and a river, and a range of hills in the distance; the high bank of a river at l, flat country dotted with coattages, villages and trees on the other side Brush drawing in watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white, over black chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.83

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1518x
Hind 1915-31 4
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.P.9

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
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Production person
Drawn by Philips Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
1671 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with a river and distant hills; the high bank of a river at left, flat country dotted with cottages, villages and trees on the other side. c.1671
Watercolours with white bodycolour; framing-lines in pen and brown ink.
Verso: see Inscriptions.
No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, the register number and lower right, in graphite: ‘B’.

Height: 136 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24/27mm apart)
Width: 210 millimetres

Somewhat faded and worn; whites partly oxidised; damaged patch in central sky; some staining.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Philips Koninck, cat. no.9:

The drawing may show the Rhine, seen from the Utrecht hills,[1] and the composition resembles many of the artist's oil paintings in general terms.
This is among the most impressive of Koninck's landscapes, exhibiting a sensitivity to atmosphere and a sophistication in the use of watercolour that was rarely rivalled before the eighteenth century. Like cat. nos.10 and 12 (Gg,2.257 and Oo,9.108), the style suggests that it is a work of the 1670s.
A copy of the drawing is in the P. and N. de Boer Foundation in Amsterdam.[2]

[1] As suggested by Boudewijn Bakker (in conversation, 1989).
[2] Its existence pointed out by Sumowski, under no.1518x; it was formerly in the Aylesford, Goy Hewlett, the dealer Boerner (catalogue, Düsseldorf, December, 1964, no.61, repr.) and Buckling collections; see Exh. Laren, 1966, no.127, repr. fig.33 and Exh. Amsterdam, 1972, p.40, no.83 (not repr.).

LITERATURE (always as P. Koninck except Bürger, 1858):
Bürger, 1858, p.403 (Rembrandt); London, 1915, p.82, no.4, repr. pl.XLIX; Gerson, 1936, no.Z.50 (possibly from J. Witsen sale); Turin, 1974, p.49, under no.64 (compares drawing of 'Arched Grotto' in Turin, inv.16504); Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1518x, repr. (compares cat. no.12; Oo,9.108 and drawings in Chantilly, inv.XII.374, Sumowski 1517x, and formerly in the Mensing collection, Sumowski 1515x; version in P. and N. de Boer Foundation); Exh. London-Washington, 1993, p.13, fig.2.

Acquisition date

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

Acquisition notes
Gerson, 1936 (see Lit. under Comment) points out that the drawing could have been in the J. Witsen sale, Amsterdam, 16 August, 1790, kunstboek B, no.10, which sold for f.44 to Heemskerk. Yet this may have been another drawing, or the copy in the P. and N. de Boer Foundation (on which see further under Comment and note 2).

Exhibition History
London, 1895, no.387;
London, 1956, p.30, no.2;
1982 Jan-Apr, Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, 'Payne Knight', no. 146;
1990 London (no catalogue);
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, not in catalogue.

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