drawing

Open landscape crossed by a high-road and with a winding brook in the foreground; the edge of a steep hill at l, several figures in the fields either side, a belt of trees in the middle distance and a ridge of hills on the horizon Pen and brown ink, with watercolour and some bodycolour

AN214767001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,10.182

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 10
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1476x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.P.13

Location:
Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

Materials
paper (all objects)
Techniques
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Attributed to Philips Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
Date
1645 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
Landscape with a winding brook; the edge of a steep hill at left, several figures in the fields either side, a belt of trees in the middle distance and a ridge of hills on the horizon. c.1645

Pen and brown ink with watercolour and bodycolour;* framing lines in pen and brown ink.
* In general, the colour seems original, although certainty is impossible on this point. Some of the greens, however, especially the rather acid colour employed in the middle distance, is unusual for this period, and it could be that some extra colour was added posthumously, perhaps in the eighteenth century.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, lower left, in pen and brown ink: 'No52'.


Dimensions
Height: 185 millimetres
Width: 311 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24/26mm apart)


Condition
Generally good; a few spots and stains (some touched in) and a few smears of surface dirt.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Philips Koninck, cat. no.13:
The location depicted has not been identified. Like cat. no.14 (Oo,9.115), the style resembles the 'Zuider Zee near Naarden' in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, which has an inscription attributing it to Koninck.[1] The Brussels drawing was dated 1645 by the collector, Ploos van Amstel, perhaps on the basis of an early tradition, and the present sheet could date from this period, though not certainly so. In mood the drawing is reminiscent of Doomer's drawings made in France at this time (see Doomer cat. no.1; Gg,2.264). A number of other drawings in the same style are currently given to Koninck, somewhat tentatively; one of them, now in the Teyler Museum in Haarlem, was dated '1660' by Ploos van Amstel.[2] The earlier date is preferable on the basis of a comparison with Koninck's early landscape paintings, and the concomitant suggestion that he evolved from the somewhat laboured and stilted style seen here to the more fluent handling of his later drawings seems plausible.[3]

NOTES:
[1] For the Brussels drawing (De Grez collection no.2062), see Sumowski 1475x and Exh. Brussels, 2005, no.25.
[2] See Sumowski 1478x-88x. The Haarlem drawing is Sumowski 1479x, inv.P*23 (Haarlem, 1997, no.224, where dated before 1650).
[3] In Rotterdam, 1988, no.95, Giltaij prefers a date c.1670 for a comparable drawing (inv.R.75, Sumowski 1483x).

LITERATURE :
London, 1915, p.83, no.10, repr. pl.L (also resembles Eeckhout); Gerson, 1936, no.Z.55 (questionable, although resembles Rotterdam drawing, inv.R.75 [Sumowski 1483x]); Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1476x, repr. (resembles Koninck's drawings in Brussels, de Grez collection 2062 [Sumowski 1475x], and Berlin, Inv.5220 [Sumowski 1478x]); Royalton-Kisch, 1991, p.12, repr. pl.II in colour (possibly 1640s, comparing oil paintings; typical narrow colour range of watercolours of this period).


Subject
landscape (all objects)


Acquisition date
1824

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

Acquisition notes
Jan Danser Nijman, The Hague, 29 May, 1789, bt Knight for 20 guilders (according to Register); Richard Payne Knight, by whom bequeathed, 1824 (as by Koninck).


Exhibition History
London, 1956, p.30, no.1;
London, 1958, p.9, under no.22.


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