Farm buildings amid trees, with a footbridge passing over a river to r Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1946,0713.144

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 Add.26 (as Borssom)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Furnerius.8
Phillipps-Fenwick 1935 p.177(2) (as Borssom)

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Formerly attributed to Anthonie van Borssom (biographical details | all objects)
Attributed to Abraham Furnerius (biographical details | all objects)
1650-1654 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Cottage with a haybarn near a canal; farm buildings amid trees, with a footbridge. c.1650-54

Pen and brown ink with brown wash over light indications in black chalk; framing lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: some graphite trials (see further under Inscriptions).

Watermark: foolscap with five-pointed collar (indistinct).

Inscription Content: Verso, top left, in graphite: ‘VB [?]’; lower right: ‘106’; lower left, a price, erased.

Height: 193 millimetres
Width: 281 millimetres

Faded and somewhat foxed; some further discolouration, mostly at the edges.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Abraham Furnerius, cat. no.8:
There was an attribution to Philips Koninck on the old mount, since removed.[1] The attribution to van Borssom[2] under which it has until recently lain has much to commend it, although the liquid penwork is not entirely characteristic of his style. In our view the drawing approximates somewhat more closely to the work of Abraham Furnerius. His 'Peasant Dwelling near Water' in the Ashmolean Museum (Sumowski 995xx), the 'Peasant Dwelling with a Pergola' in Dresden (Inv.C1412, Sumowski 990xx), the 'Peasant Dwelling overshadowed by Trees' in the Abrams Collection, Boston (Sumowski 1002xx) and the 'View of a Dutch Town' in the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam (inv.R.97; Sumowski 1003xx) all offer comparable details, even if the attribution cannot be accepted without some reservations (see also cat. no.6; Oo,9.87).

[1] According to Popham (see Lit. below).
[2] First suggested by I.Q. van Regteren Altena (note in Museum files).

Popham, 1935, p.177, no.2.

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by Count Antoine Seilern (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, 14.vi.1860/1535 as 'Two landscapes in the school of Rembrandt; a man's head by Renesse;) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Phillipps (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Henry George Bohn (?) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Samuel Woodburn; his sale, Christie's, 14 June, 1860, lot 1535, bt Boone, £2-15-0, with three others (see P. Koninck cat. no.1; 1946,0713.158); Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart; Thomas Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick; presented anonymously, with the Phillipps-Fenwick collection, 1946.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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