Flat landscape with a river; open fields in the foreground, a belt of trees behind, steeples and windmills in the distance Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, over black chalk, touched with red


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.115

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1477x
Hind 1915-31 9
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.P.14

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 Philips Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
1650 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with churches either side of a river; open fields in the foreground, a belt of trees behind, steeples and windmills in the distance. c.1650

Pen and brown ink and black chalk, with grey and brown wash, touched with red chalk.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Watermark: foolscap with five-pointed collar, comparable to Hinterding K.b.a. and K.b.b.

Inscription Content: Inscribed on verso, at centre, in graphite: "39 [in a circle]", and lower left: "f10 [?]".

Height: 125 millimetres
Width: 299 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 21/23mm apart)

Generally good, if slightly faded and discoloured.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Philips Koninck, cat. no.14:
The location depicted has not been identified. In style the drawing is comparable to a drawing of the 'Zuider Zee near Naarden' in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, which has an inscription attributing it to Koninck.[1] On this basis this and the following drawing are also given to him, although they stand apart from the artist's signed landscape drawings, which are probably later.[2] There are also links with the style of Jan Ruisscher (qv.).[3]
The sparing use of the pen in the foreground resembles some drawings by Rembrandt of around 1650,[4] and the present sheet may also date from this period.

[1] De Grez collection, no.2062, repr. Sumowski 1475x, Exh. Brussels, 2005, no.25.
[2] See Sumowski nos.1357ff.
[3] Cf., for example, the 'View of Naarden' in the Rijksmuseum (repr. Sumowski 2300xx) and the drawing formerly with the Schaeffer Galleries, New York, (repr. Sumowski 2304xx).
[4] Cf., for example, the 'Landscape with the House with the Small Tower' in the J.Paul Getty Museum (Benesch 1267) and the 'View of Haarlem with the Saxenburg Estate' now in Rotterdam (Benesch 1259), related to the etching of 'The Goldweigher's Field' of 1651 (Bartsch 234, Hind 249).

Bürger, 1858, p.141 (by Rembrandt, the type of drawing that was to inspire P. Koninck); London, 1915, pp.82-3, no.9, repr. pl.L (attribution to P. Koninck uncertain); Gerson, 1936, no.Z.54 (attribution to P. Koninck not beyond dispute, but compares drawing in Brussels, de Grez 2062 [Sumowski 1475x]); Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1477x, repr. (by P. Koninck, second half of 1640s, comparing Brussels sheet and cat. no.13 of the present catalogue [Oo,10.182]).

landscape (all objects)

Acquisition date

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

Exhibition History
London, 1891, no.110 (P. Koninck).

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