A road through a meadow and a wood; a horse and cart at centre, two cows at far l and thick forest behind Brush drawing in brown wash Verso: Sketches of two heads and a building Pen and brown ink


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1946,0713.161

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1303x
Hind 1915-31 Add.28c (formerly described as Lievens)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.J.4
Phillipps-Fenwick 1935 p.190(3)

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Attributed to Jacob Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Jan Lievens (biographical details | all objects)
1665 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A road through a meadow leading to a wood and buildings; a horse and cart at centre, two cows at far left and thick forest behind. c.1665
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash; framing-lines in pen and (darker) brown ink
Verso: Sketches of trees, two heads and a classical building
Watermark: Strasburg lily in crowned shield, perhaps with letter 'S' below (indistinct)

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in pen and brown ink, lower left: "Jan Lievens"; in darker brown ink, centre: !Uyt het Cabinet van de Hr: Willem Baart a / Haarlem".

Height: 220 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 27mm apart)
Width: 339 millimetres

Recto somewhat faded; some dirt and discolouration; lower left corner repaired; an original paper crease, lower left; minor losses at left edge.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Jacob Koninck, cat. no.4:
Although acquired at the Lawrence sale in the same lot as three drawings by Lievens (see under Acquisition), an attribution to Jacob Koninck, although not obvious, merits serious consideration. It compares closely with cat. no.2 (1912,1214.17)[1], and the composition depends on a drawing attributed to Jacob Koninck in Dresden, which may well be a sketch from nature.[2]
The verso, which contains slight sketches from nature, includes a curiosity - a classical building with a portico. It is not known whether Jacob Koninck ever left the Netherlands, or whether he could have studied such buildings in Italy.

[1] As suggested by Sumowski 1303x; he also rightly refers to a drawing of a 'Panorama with Shrubs in the Foreground' in Darmstadt (inv.Hz 145; Sumowski 1300x). For the problems posed in attributing landscape drawings to Jan Lievens and his son, Jan Andrea Lievens, see the biography of the latter.
[2] As noted by Sumowski 1303x. The Dresden drawing has no inventory number but is Sumowski 1308x.

Popham, 1935, p.190, no.3 (Jan Andrea Lievens or Leupenius); Schneider-Ekkart, 1973 ed. only, pp.395-6, no.SZ. LXXVIII (not Lievens; prefers Popham's suggestion as Leupenius); Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1303x (attributed to Jacob Koninck; see n.1 above).

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Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by Count Antoine Seilern (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, 6.vi.1860/538 as 'Lievens - Views of Dutch farm houses and barns - pen and bistre', 4 in) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Phillipps (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Lawrence (L.2445) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Willem Baartz (of Haarlem; see Acquisition notes below.) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Probably Willem Baartz, Haarlem (according to inscription, verso, but not identified in his sale catalogue, Rotterdam (Lamme), 6-8th June 1860); Thomas Lawrence (L.2445); Samuel Woodburn, sale, Christie’s, 4 June, 1860, lot 538 (one of 4 drawings in the lot, the others here Lievens cat. nos.22, 23, and 20; 1946,0713.160, 162 and 163), bt Sir T. Phillipps, 10s; by descent to Thomas Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick; presented by the National Art-Collections Fund, 1946.

Exhibition History
London, 1956, p.29, no.7 (Lievens).

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