Coblentz; the town is seen across water in the distance, mountains rising from the river bank at l, a man walking to r at r foreground, a wall behind Pen and brown ink, with grey and brown wash and watercolour


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1946,0713.152

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1923 Add.11
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Doomer.10
Phillipps-Fenwick 1935 p.183(2)
Sumowski 1979 continuing p.870, no.6

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

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Production person
Drawn by Lambert Doomer (biographical details | all objects)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

View of Boppard on the Rhine; the town is seen across water in the distance, mountains rising from the river bank at left, a man walking to right at right foreground, a wall behind. 1663
Pen and brown ink with brown, green and grey wash; framing lines in pen and brown ink
Verso: see Inscriptions
Watermark: Strasburg lily in a crowned shield, the letters 'WR' below

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in pen and dark brown ink: ‘Cobbens/friers [Triers?]’; below this, in paler brown ink: ‘Aen den Reyn’.

Height: 250 millimetres
Width: 412 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 25/26mm apart)

Good; some stains and foxing in the sky and elsewhere.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Lambert Doomer, cat. no.10:
Boppard is situated on the west bank of the Rhine, about 12 miles south of Koblenz. The town is here seen from the north, with (from left to right) the Balduinsburg, the church of St Severus, the Carmelite church and the Eberbach and Koblenz gates.[1]
Like cat. nos.7-9 and 10 (1895,0915.1147, Gg,2.265, 1854,0628.115 and 1946,0714.153), the drawing dates from the time of Doomer's journey along the Rhine, which took place almost certainly in 1663. A later version of c.1670, with different staffage, is now in the F. Lugt collection, Institut Néerlandais, Paris.[2]

[1] Other seventeenth-century views of Boppard, by Hollar and Merian, are listed by Schulz, 1972 (see Lit. below).
[2] Inv.2229, from the collections of J. Tonneman and W. Pitcairn Knowles. Schulz, 1974, no.228, repr. fig.122; Exh. Paris-Haarlem, 1997, no.42, repr. in colour.

Popham, 1935, p.183, no.2, repr. pl.LXXV (as of Koblenz); Dattenburg, 1940, p.14, n.1 (of Boppard, not Koblenz); Schulz, 1972, I, p.54 and II, no.326; Schulz, 1973, p.8; Schulz, 1974, p.23 and cat. no.227, repr. fig.121; Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, p.869, no.6; Exh. Paris-Haarlem, 1997, under no.42.

Associated places
Topographic representation of Koblenz (all objects)
(Europe,Germany,Rhineland Palatinate,Koblenz (Rhineland Palatinate))

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by The Art Fund (as NACF) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, 5.vi.1860/335 as 'Doomer - Two views on the Rhine; and a rocky eminence - broad pen and) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Phillipps (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Lawrence (L.2445) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
In Woodburn sale with H ADD.12 and 13 (here Doomer cat. nos.11 and 14, 1946,0713.153 and 978). This drawing bt Sir Thomas Phillipps, ,2-10-0) and then by descent to Thomas Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick.

Exhibition History
1956, London, p.31, no.6;
1992 Sept-Oct, Rheinische Museum, Bonn & Mittelrhein Museum, Koblenz, no.13, repr. fig.160

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