Open landscape with a road and river; cottages either side of the road in the foreground, more cottages in trees beyond and boats on a broad river in the distance Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash and some bodycolour


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Registration number: Oo,10.172

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1492x
Hind 1915-31 171 (as School of Rembrandt)
Hind 1923 Add.14
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.P.5

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Production person
Formerly attributed to Lambert Doomer (biographical details | all objects)
Drawn by Philips Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Rembrandt (school of) (biographical details | all objects)
1663 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with a road by an inn and a distant river; cottages either side of the road in the foreground, more cottages in trees beyond and boats on a broad river in the distance. c.1658-63

Pen and brown ink with brown wash, touched with black chalk; framing lines in pen and brown ink (left and below only).

Verso: laid down on 18th-19th century backing card.

Watermark: arms of Amsterdam (similar to Hinterding variant N.a; identical to that on P. Koninck cat. no.1 [1946,0713.158]).

Inscription Content: None visible.

Height: 187 millimetres
Width: 318 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24mm apart)

Good; minor repairs to top and bottom right corners; some surface dirt.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Philips Koninck, cat. no.5:
The landscape does not appear to be topographically accurate, although it evokes the terrain of the Rhineland near Cleves. The style of the drawing relates it to other, similar views now in Rotterdam (Museum Boijmans van Beuningen) and Paris (F.Lugt collection).[1] The latter is inscribed by the artist 'p. ko' in red chalk on the verso,[2] and on this basis the attribution seems secure, although he also annotated drawings that he owned in this way.
Further drawings in a similar style are now in Munich, Berlin, Bayonne, Haarlem and Leipzig.[3] None is dated, and the closest analogies with a dated drawing by Koninck are with his 'Peasant Dwelling' of 1663, now in Berlin.[4] The other drawings are usually dated a decade earlier than this, based on their general similarities with Koninck's paintings of that period; yet the analogies are hardly less close with his paintings of the 1660s and later.[5] A date near the Berlin sheet of 1663, which in the foreground includes some foliage that is handled in the same manner as in the present sheet and the one in Rotterdam, therefore seems plausible, although the watermark might point to a date as much as five years before.

[1] Respectively inv. no. R.132 (Sumowski 1490x) and 1199 (Sumowski 1357). The latter had a very similar watermark (see Exh. Brussels-Rotterdam-Paris-Berne, 1968-1969, p.184, cat. no.88).
[2] The signature repr. Amsterdam, 1981, p.161, fig.b8.
[3] Repr. respectively Sumowski nos.1488x (Munich Inv.1428); 1489x (Berlin Inv.2868); 1491x (Bayonne, inv.1471); 1493x (Lille inv.1032, which is a copy after the reworked original in Haarlem, inv.Q*64; Haarlem, 1997, no.227); and 1494x (Leipzig Inv.8323).
[4] Sumowski 1360 (Berlin, Inv.2865).
[5] For example, the painting of 1665 in the Bührle collection, Zurich, and that of 1676 in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (repr. Sumowski, 'Gemälde', III, nos.1061 and 1072.

London, 1915, p.57, no.171, repr. pl.XXVII (anonymous; nearer Doomer than Koninck, and comparable to van Borssom); Exh. London, 1929[I], p.219 (Koninck; compared with Lugt drawing [see above] and another in Haarlem, Teyler Museum, inv.P*22 [Sumowski 1499x]); Gerson, 1936, p.58, p.142 under no.Z.44, and no.Z.56, repr. pl.29 (Koninck; composition resembles his early paintings; compares drawing now in Rotterdam from Koenigs collection [inv.R.132; Sumowski 1490x]); Gerson, 1968, p.471, repr. fig.e; Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1492x, repr. (early 1650s; follows Gerson, 1936 grouping); Exh. Paris-Haarlem, 1997, p.176, under no.78 (compares Paris, Lugt, Rotterdam and Berlin drawings [see notes 1 and 4 above]).

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

Exhibition History
London, 1984[I], no.97, repr.;
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue).

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