Landscape with a tree; to l a thatched hut and a woman crouching, a man standing by a fence at centre and below to r three figures. 1642 Pen and brown ink, with watercolour


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1912,1214.13

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 4
Sumowski 1979 continuing 904
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Flinck.2

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 Govert Flinck (biographical details | all objects)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with a large tree; to left a thatched hut and a woman crouching, a man standing by a fence at centre and below to right three figures. 1642

Pen and brown ink and watercolour; framing lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Watermark: shield with bend, letters ‘BB’ below (indistinct).

Inscription Content: Signed lower left in pen and brown ink: ‘G. flinck. f 1642’; inscribed verso, in graphite, centre: ‘1181 [underlined]’ and below this ‘90’; and lower left: ‘F [?; resembles the mark of N.A. Flinck, L.959] / no.145’; lower centre edge, the register number.

Height: 190 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 25mm apart)
Width: 195 millimetres

Generally good, but slightly discoloured, with some surface dirt and light foxing.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Govert Flinck, cat. no.2:
One of a group of three landscape drawings by Flinck, all dated 1642.[1] Although perhaps not drawn from nature, the landscape has been plausibly identified as depicting the Rhine near Cleves, Flinck's native town.[2]

[1] The others being in Rotterdam (Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, inv.MB 181; Sumowski 902) and Paris (Institut Néerlandais, F. Lugt Collection, inv.2796; Sumowski 903).
[2] As first suggested by Henkel, 1931, and Dattenberg, 1938, etc (see Lit. below).

LITERATURE (always as Flinck, 1642, unless otherwise stated):
London, 1915, p.78, no.4, repr. pl.XLIV; Hofstede de Groot, 1916, p.100; Neumann, 1918, p.124, n.1; Van Dyke, 1927, p.75 (signature doubtful); Berlin, 1930, p.239, under no.5291; Henkel, 1931, p.81 (landscape possibly near Cleves); Paris, 1933, p.67, under no.1340; Byam Shaw, 1933, p.44, n.1; Dattenberg, 1938[I], p.23 (identifies view as Rhine near Cleves); Dattenberg, 1940[I], p.71, repr. fig.3; Amsterdam, 1942, p.82, under no.2 (compares doubtful sheet in Amsterdam, inv.A4292); Gerson, 1942, p.202, n.1; Exh. Düsseldorf, 1953, no.54 (reproduction exhibited); Benesch, IV, 1955/73, under no.A59; Bernt, I, 1957, no.233, repr.; Trautschold, 1958, p.368; Haverkamp-Begemann, 1961, p.56, under no.780; von Moltke, 1965, p.58 and cat.no.D228; Bertram, 1966, p.66, repr.; Wegner, 1966, p.106 (debt to pre-Rembrandtists stronger than to Rembrandt); Exh. Munich, 1966-7, p.38, under no.78 (Pre-Rembrandtist influence); Dattenberg, 1967, p.139, no.146, repr. (area near Cleves - Kleverland); Exh. Brussels-Rotterdam-Paris-Berne, 1968-9, under no.56; Haverkamp-Begemann, 1973, p.111; Munich, 1973, p.83, under no.568 (quoting Byam Shaw, 1933); Schatborn, 1974, p.116 (relates to other landscape and plant studies by Flinck); Exh. Amsterdam-Toronto, 1977, p.156, under no.64; Exh. New York-Paris, 1977-8, p.59, under no.39 (reminiscent of Savery and Bloemaert); Sumowski, 1979 etc., IV, 1981, no.904, repr; Broos, 1984, p.164; Rotterdam, 1988, p.164, under no.74; Royalton-Kisch, 1991, p.12, repr. fig.4 (rare Flinck watercolour); Exh. Paris-Haarlem, 1997, p.143, under no.63.

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by Sir Otto Beit (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Postle Heseltine (L.1507)) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Ignatius Franciscus Ellinckhuysen (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Dirk Vis Blokhuyzen (his sale, Rotterdam, Lamme, 23-28 October, 1871, lot 198, bt Ellinckhuysen, f.22) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Vis Blokhuyzen, his sale, Rotterdam, Lamme, 23-28 October, 1871, lot 198, bt Ellinckhuysen, f.22; J.P. Heseltine (L.1507); Colnaghi's (see under L.1507); Otto Beit, by whom presented, 1912.

Exhibition History
London, 1914, no.27;
1933, no.93;
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue).
2015-16 Oct-Jan, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, 'A Fortunate Family'

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