A group of buildings, with a tower amid trees, on the banks of a canal Pen and brown ink, with watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white (oxidised), on two sheets conjoined


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.85

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1514x
Hind 1915-31 7
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.P.11

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)
1671 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

View of the 'Huis met het toorentje' ('House with the small Tower'); group of buildings, with a tower amid trees, on the banks of a canal. c. 1671

Watercolour with bodycolour, touched with pen and brown ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Watermark: small, indecipherable fragment.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, top left, in pen and brown ink: ‘P - Rembrandt ['Rembrandt' probably written over 'Ko']’; lower left, in graphite: ‘[...] rb [?] / [...] o [barely decipherable]’.

Height: 108 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 22/24mm apart)
Width: 242 millimetres

Some lead white oxidation; four vertical creases, left of centre (one an original paper crease); some surface dirt, a few stains, and minor losses at lower and left edges.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Philips Koninck, cat. no.11:
The drawing depicts the 'Huis met het toorentje' ('house with the small tower'), a property situated on the Amstelveensche Weg to the south of Amsterdam and Amstelveen.[1] It belonged to the Receiver-General of the Dutch United Provinces, Jan Uytenbogaert, who was depicted by Rembrandt in 1639 in the etching, 'The Goldweigher' (Bartsch 281; Hind 167). The same house appears in a drawing by Rembrandt of around 1650 now in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Benesch 1267), and in his etching, the 'Landscape with Trees, Farm Buildings and a Tower' of around 1651 (Bartsch 223; Hind 244).[2]
The technique of the drawing, with its sparing use of the pen and the employment of colour and bodycolour, suggests a date among Koninck's drawings of the 1670s (see nos. 7-10, and 12; Oo,9.106; 1895,0915.1192, Oo,9.83; Gg,2.257; and Oo,9.108). Although both the technique and viewpoint are different, the manner in which the artist has concentrated his work within a narrow band of the sheet is comparable to Rembrandt's earlier drawing.

[1] The situation is given on Map I in Exh. Washington, 1990, p.62, by nos. 81-2.
[2] Van Regteren Altena, 1954, who identified the location in Rembrandt's work, believed that this etching may have been the one first called 'The Goldweigher's Field', a name now usually attached to Bartsch 234, Hind 249. In the third state of the print the cupola of the tower is removed (see White and Boon, 1969, I, no.B223).

London, 1915, p.82, no.7, repr. pl.XLIX; Gerson, 1936, p.66, and no.Z.53, repr. pl.27 (late work); Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1514x, repr. (dates to 1670s, comparing nos.7 and 10 [Oo,9.106 and Gg,2.257] and other drawings); Royalton-Kisch, 1991, pp.10-12, repr. pl.1 in colour (noting topography and its depiction by Rembrandt); Exh. Bremen, 2000-01, p.151, under no.87 (compares unpublished Hamburg drawing attributed to Roghman, Inv.22432).

Acquisition date

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

Exhibition History
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue);
1998/9, Amsterdam-Paris, p.317, repr. fig.6 (perhaps a copy or variation rather than from nature).

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