View of a town on a canal; three sailing barges moored together, behind them a drawbridge, and in the distance a church spire, cottages and trees on either bank Pen and brown ink


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1893,0612.7

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 4
Sumowski 1979 continuing 682
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.15

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

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Production person
Drawn by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (biographical details | all objects)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

View of a canal in a town; three sailing barges moored together, behind them a drawbridge, and in the distance a church spire, cottages and trees on either bank. 1660-69

Pen and light brown ink; ruled framing lines in pen and darker ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Signed, lower left, in pen and brown ink (the ink similar in tone to the framing lines): ‘G V Eeckhout. fe:’; and verso, in graphite, left of centre: ‘795 [in a circle]’.

Height: 147 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24mm apart)
Width: 199 millimetres

Some dirt at upper corners; somewhat faded, but to judge from the signature not greatly so and the drawing was probably always pale.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.15:
It has been suggested that the view shows Ouderkerk aan den Ijssel.[1] A date in the 1660s seems probable on stylistic grounds.[2]

[1] By F. Lugt, in an annotation on a copy of London, 1915 in the Rijksbureau voor kunsthistorische documentatie in The Hague. An anonymous print of Ouderkerk in the Department shows an almost identical church spire.
[2] As suggested by Sumowski, who compared cat. no.12 (1847,0723.108) of 1661 and the 'Landscape on the Rhine at Zandberg' of 1663 in the Teyler Museum, Haarlem (inv.P*62; Sumowski 690). The even later 'Landscape with Farmhouse between Ponds' of 1665 now in Athens also seems comparable (National Pinakothek, inv.4091; Sumowski 695).

London, 1915, p.76, no.4, repr. pl.XLII; Van Dyke, 1927, p.61 (attribution questionable); Roy, 1972, p.202, repr. fig.138 (late 1650s; compares 'View of Gorkum' in Lugt Collection, Institut Néerlandais, Paris, Inv.93 [Exhibition, Paris-Haarlem, 1997-8, no.60, repr.]); Sumowski, 1979, etc, III, 1980, no.682, repr. (style suggests a date in the early 1660s - see n.3 above).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased through Sotheby's (sale 7.iv.1893/71) (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased through Deprez & Gutekunst (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased from W H Barnard (the late) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Mascie Taylor (?) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
W.H. Barnard; his (or Mascie Taylor, perhaps R.M. Taylor)* sale, Sotheby's, 7 April 1893, lot 71, bt Desprez, £5; purchased from Desprez and Gutekunst. *According to the Register, the W.H. Barnard collection was owned by 'Mascie Taylor' at the time of the sale. This may be the same 'R.M. Taylor' recorded in the Register in August 1892 as the vendor of a group of drawings by Lucas van Leyden from the W.H. Barnard collection (London, 1932, nos.1, 4, and 6-10).

Exhibition History
London, 1895, no.392.

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