View near a gateway of the wall of Nantes; timber-framed cottages to l with five figures seated and standing, in the foreground a man driving a pack-ass with two dogs, a hog resting to r, a small corner turret on the gatehouse beyond Pen and brown ink and


© The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Full: FrontFull: Front

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1846,0509.207

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing (p.819, no.14)
Hind 1915-31 8
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Doomer.2

Dutch Roy XVIIc

Back to search results

Back to catalogue

Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

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

View near a gateway at La Fosse, Nantes; timber-framed cottages to left with five figures seated and standing, in the foreground a man driving a pack-ass with two dogs, a hog resting to right, a small corner turret on the gatehouse beyond.

Pen and brown ink with watercolour, on ledger paper with three ruled lines; framing lines in pen and black ink.

Verso: laid down on backing paper.

Watermark: bunch of grapes, similar but not identical to Heawood 2136 (1616; see also Exh.London-Paris-Cambridge, 2002-3, p.277, no.62 [see further below]).

Inscription Content: Verso, in pen and brown ink, by the artist (visible in transmitted light): ‘Aan het ent van de foes te Nantes / na de Hermitage toe’; top left, in an 18th (?) century hand: ‘No 40’.

Height: 240 millimetres
Width: 419 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 32mm apart)


Curator's comments
Hind further describes the topography.

Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Lambert Doomer, cat. no.2:

The drawing represents the area named La Fosse on the edge of seventeenth-century Nantes, where Doomer's brothers and other Dutch merchants lived (see under cat. no.1, Gg,2.264). It was situated just to the west of the point where the Erdre flows into the Loire, and between the town itself and the Hermitage (mentioned in the inscription on the verso), a capuchin monastery founded by a settlement of Franciscan friars in 1529.
As the style of the drawing makes clear, and as the ruled ledger lines in the sky demonstrate, it is a later repetition of a view that Doomer executed on his French sojourn in 1645-6. The first version of the drawing is now lost. Most of Doomer's later copies, which like the present example usually exhibit more subdued contrasts and less energetic lines than the drawings that he made on his travels, were made on ledger paper. The ruled lines were covered with bodycolour but have become visible again with time.[1]

[1] On the later repetitions, which are sometimes dated, see Schulz, 1974, pp.26-9 and Schatborn, 1977, p.50. Unsurprisingly, similar watermarks are found in other drawings on the same paper (see Exhibition, London-Paris-Cambridge, 2002-3, p.277, no.62).


London, 1915, p.73, no.8, repr. pl.XXXVIII; van den Berg, 1942, p.28, no.45; Schulz, 1972, II, no.84; Schulz, 1974, p.26 and no.69, fig.36; Exh. New York-Paris, 1977-8, p.46, under no.29, n.6; Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, p.819, no.14; Exh. Paris-Amsterdam, 2006-7 (cat. 2008), pp.82-6, cat. no. 6, repr. (topography).

domestic building (all objects)
arch/gateway (all objects)

Associated places
Topographic representation of Nantes (all objects)
(Europe,France,Pays de la Loire,Loire-Atlantique,Nantes)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased through J H Rodd (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased through Christie's (27-30.iv.1846/140) (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased from Vizconde de Castelruiz (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Vicomte de Castelruiz; his sale, London, Christie's, 27-30 April, 1846; purchased from W. Rodd. The earlier provenance recorded by Schulz, 1972 and 1974 (see Literature under the Comments section) could refer to the lost, first version of the drawing (D. Smith; his sale, Amsterdam, 13 July 1761, portfolio H, no.548, bt Calkoen, fl.2-10; Pieter Willemsz. Calkoen; his sale, Amsterdam, 10 September 1781, portfolio A, no.10, bt Nijman with no.9 for fl.28; Jan Danser Nijman; his sale, Amsterdam, 19 March 1798, portfolio O, no.10, bt Andriessen, F.14; J.C. van Hall; his sale, Amsterdam, 21 February 1814, portfolio L, no.19, bt De Vries, fl.15-5. Many of the repetitions by Doomer of his French views belonged to Jeronimus Tonneman and were included (after being inherited by his mother, Maria Tonneman, née Van Breusegom) in his sale, Amsterdam, De Leth, 21 etc. October, 1754, as noted by Schulz, 1974, p.26, and Schatborn, 1977, pp.52-5. This is the probable provenance of this drawing which may have been in album R, no.17, bt Smith, fl.2-10.

Exhibition History
2006 Oct-Dec, Paris, Institut Néerlandais, 'Voyages en France,...'
2006/7 Dec-Feb, Amsterdam, Museum Het Rembrandthuis, 'Voyages en France,...'

Noticed a mistake? Have some extra information about this object? Please contact us

To bookmark this page select "Bookmark this page" or "Add to favourites" from the web browser menu.