drawing

Landscape with a cottage and wooded hills; a peasant man and woman in the foreground, trees on a plain stretching into the distance at l. 1661 Pen and brown ink, with watercolour, over black chalk

AN211372001001

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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1847,0723.108

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 5
Sumowski 1979 continuing 684
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.12

Location:
Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

Materials
paper (all objects)
Techniques
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (biographical details | all objects)
Date
1661
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
Landscape with wooded hills; a cottage in the left foreground with a peasant man and woman, trees on a plain stretching into the distance at left. 1661

Pen and brown ink with black chalk, watercolour and some white bodycolour, touched in pen and grey ink.

Verso: blank (see Inscriptions).

Watermark: Arms of Amsterdam with lions either side of crowned shield.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: Signed and dated, lower right, in pen and brown ink: ‘G.V. Eeckhout.f / 1661’ [the f partly trimmed away]; verso: in graphite, centre: '13'; lower left: '109' [?]; in red chalk, top right: '131' and lower left: '1311'.


Dimensions
Height: 194 millimetres
Width: 312 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24mm apart)


Condition
Somewhat dirty and discoloured, most noticeably in the sky; slightly trimmed (see Inscriptions).

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.12:

Almost a dozen watercolours by van den Eeckhout survive from the early 1660s, several of them signed and dated like the present example. The 'View of the Rhine near Arnhem' in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is stylistically the closest and also dated 1661.[1] The terrain of a few has been identified, revealing that during these years the artist made views near Haarlem, Rhenen and Arnhem. The hilly terrain of the present drawing suggests that it was made near the Rhine towards the east of the Netherlands, perhaps near Arnhem, but the location has not been precisely identified.[2]

NOTES:
[1] Fitzwilliam Museum, PD.283-1963; Sumowski 683. The others that are dated are the 'Landscape with the Rhine at Zandberg near Arnhem' of 1663 in Haarlem (Teyler Museum, P*62; Sumowski 690; Haarlem, 1997, no.126, repr.); and the 'View of Rhenen' of 1663 in Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum A2868; Sumowski 692).
[2] A drawing now in Edinburgh by Jacob Esselens, who may have travelled with Eeckhout and Lievens (cat. no.14, 1848,1125.1), shows a similar view, possibly of the same location (Inv. D1065; Edinburgh, 1985, p.26).

LITERATURE :
London, 1915, p.76, no.5, repr. pl.XLII; Van Dyke, 1927, p.61 (attribution questionable); Amsterdam, 1942, p.78, under no.15 (dated [wrongly] to 1662, and associated with Rijksmuseum 'View of Rhenen' of 1663, inv.A2868); Sumowski, 1962, p.29, n.25; Sumowski, 1963[I], p.103, n.73; Exh. Cambridge, 1966, under no.21 (compares Fitzwilliam Museum 'View along the Rhine', inv.PD.283-1963); Exh. Brussels-Rotterdam-Paris-Bern, 1968-9, under no.48; Exh. Paris, 1970, p.110, under no.246; Roy, 1972, p.197 (as Exh. Cambridge, 1966); Exh. Rotterdam-Paris, 1974, p.50, under no.34; Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, 1979, under no.290, and III, 1980, no.684, repr. (probably depicts the vicinity of Arnhem); Exh. Amsterdam-Boston-Philadelphia, 1987-8, p.306; Royalton-Kisch, 1991, p.12, repr. pl.VI in colour (discussed in context of use of watercolour in Rembrandt's circle).


Subject
landscape (all objects)


Acquisition date
1847

Acquisition name
Purchased from Walter Benjamin Tiffin (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Jonas Witsen; his sale, Amsterdam, 16 August, 1790, kunstboek A, no.21, bt Coclers, f.185; P.N. Quarles van Ufford; his sale, Amsterdam, 19 October, 1818, kunstboek B, no.3, bt Hulswit, f.200; W.B. Tiffin, from whom purchased, 1847. The series registered as 1847,0723.1 to 113 was purchased from W B Tiffin for £98 15s the lot. Unfortunately when the register numbers were written on the back of the prints, they were numbered either 0713 or 0723, apparently at random. The 0713 and 0723 runs dovetail together to form a complete series, though in some cases the final number is not the one given in the register. It is too late to alter so many wrong numbers, so the mistaken numbers will have to continue to serve as the register numbers, but this note has been added to each of the records in the sequence to explain the position. (AVG, 2016)


Exhibition History
London, 1858-60, no.121;
1895, no.390;
1956, p.29, no.5;
1958 Apr, BM, Eight centuries of landscape ... water-colours, p.9, under no.22;
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue).


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