Landscape; high ground at l with buildings on top, a road in front with two wagons passing and an extensive landscape beyond Pen and brown ink, with watercolour


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1946,0713.143

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 367xx
Hind 1923 Add.25
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.21
Phillipps-Fenwick 1935 p.177(1)

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Attributed to Anthonie van Borssom (biographical details | all objects)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with two waggons passing below a hill; high ground at left with buildings on top, a road in front with two wagons passing and an extensive landscape beyond.

Pen and brown ink with watercolour, touched with graphite and black chalk; framing lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: blank (see Inscriptions).

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, centre, in graphite: 'A van Borssom'; lower centre '11' [in a circle] and '1487/7'.

Height: 266 millimetres
Width: 387 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24/26mm apart)

Generally good; small losses at top and bottom right edge, and slightly rubbed at edges.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.21:

The drawing was sold in 1860 without an attribution, but given to van Borssom in 1935 (see Literature below). The lively zig-zag penwork and other aspects of the style seem unusual for him, and the drawing could be the work of another artist. For example, comparisons with Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (q.v., see cat. nos.12 and 13, 1847,0723.108 and 1836,0811.58) seem no more distant those with van Borssom. The drawing is here retained with reservations under the latter's name.[1] The location has not been identified.

[1] According to a note in the file, Frits Lugt tentatively suggested that the drawing was by Jacob Esselens.


Popham, 1935, p.177, no.1; Exh. Cambridge, 1966, under nos.13 and 42 (comparing drawings attributed to van Borssom and Lievens in Cambridge, PD178-1963 and PD451-1963); Sumowski, 1979, etc, II, 1979, no.367xx (style unusual for van Borssom).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by The Art Fund (as NACF) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, 14.vi.1860/1487 as 'Uyl - various landscapes - black chalk and colour; others by E.V. Ve) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Phillipps (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Henry George Bohn (?) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Samuel Woodburn; his sale, Christie's, 14 June, 1860, lot 1487 (without an attribution), bt Boone; Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart; Thomas Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick; presented by the National Art Collections Fund, with some other drawings from the Phillipps-Fenwick collection, 1946.

Exhibition History
1938 London, Royal Academy, p.173, no.510 [as pointed out by Alice Davies, e-mail 28 Jan 2009]
1956 London, p.28, no.2;
1965 London, no.26;
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (, not in catalogue).

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