Bingen on the Rhine; the town is seen across the river, a castle on a mound at l, two boats on the river, a man reclining with a dog beside him on grass at r foreground Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash and watercolour


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1946,0713.153

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1923 Add.12
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Doomer.11
Phillipps-Fenwick 1935 p.183(1)
Sumowski 1979 continuing p.870, no.9

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Drawn by Lambert Doomer (biographical details | all objects)
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Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Bingen on the Rhine; the town is seen across the river, a castle on a mound at left, two boats on the river, a man reclining with a dog beside him on grass at right foreground. 1663
Pen and brown ink with watercolour
Verso: see Inscriptions
Watermark: Strasburg lily in a crowned shield, the letters 'WR' below

Inscription Content: Lower centre, in pen and brown ink: ‘bingen’; and verso, lower centre, in pen and brown ink: ‘De stat bingen aen den Reyn’; above this, in graphite: ‘335/3’ [the Woodburn sale lot number].

Height: 220 millimetres
Width: 359 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 25/26mm apart)

Good, apart from a few old scuffs and creases, especially to lower left.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Lambert Doomer, cat. no.11:
Bingen lies on the south bank of the Rhine, opposite Rüdesheim, at the confluence of the Nahe (or Nava). It enjoyed the protection of the archbishop and elector of Mainz, which lies some 15 miles to the east. The town marks the southernmost point reached by Doomer on his Rhine journey, which was undertaken almost certainly in 1663. His view, although drawn at that time, is topographically less exact and stylistically slightly more laboured than the others he made on this journey (cf. cat. nos.8-10; Gg,2.265, 1854,0628.115 and 1946,0713.152). It apparently shows Bingen from the north bank of the Rhine, with Klopp castle on a height beyond. The town suffered considerable depredations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.[1]
Another drawing, showing the nearby 'Mäuseturm' in the Rhine near Bingen, a later version of a now lost study of 1663, is in a private collection.[2]

[1] Schulz, 1972 (see Lit. below) provides details of views of the town by Hollar and Merian.
[2] Schulz, 1974, no.239, repr. fig.130.

Popham, 1935, p.183, no.1, repr. pl.LXXIV; Dattenberg, 1940, p.14; Schulz, 1970, p.17, n.13, p.10 and p.18, n.31 (part of 'London Group', including Oo,10.173, Gg,2.265 and 1946,0713.153); Schulz, 1972, I, pp.52-4 and II, no.347; Schulz, 1973, p.11, repr. fig.12; Schulz, 1974, p.23 and cat. no.240, repr. fig.131; Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, p.870, no.9.

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

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.11 and 13 (Doomer cat. nos.10 and 14; 1946,0714.152 and 978), bt Sir Thomas Phillipps, ,2-10-0 and then by descent to Thomas Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick.

Exhibition History
1956, London, p.30, no.2;
1992 Sept-Oct, Rheinische Museum, Bonn & Mittelrhein Museum, Koblenz, no.21, repr. p.165

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