A thatched dovecote; a wooden structure in an open field, with trees behind Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over traces of black chalk


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.66

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 18
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.14

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

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

A thatched dovecote; a wooden structure in an open field, with trees behind.

Reed pen and brown ink over light indications in graphite; framing lines in pen and brown ink (of a warmer hue than the ink of the drawing).

Verso: see Inscriptions below.

Watermark: arms of Amsterdam.

Inscription Content: Signed lower left, in pen and brown ink: 'AVBorssom f' ['AVB' in monogram]; verso, upper left, in graphite: 'a824'; centre 'Van Borssum 15/'; and lower left: 'Borsum'.

Height: 225 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24mm apart)
Width: 201 millimetres

Generally good; some slight staining to left side and creases at lower left corner.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.14:

The drawing was presumably made out-of-doors, but the location has not been identified. A comparable structure appears in van Borssom's drawing of the 'Hunting-Lodge Toutenburg at Maartensdijk', which may have been composed on the basis of studies made from nature (Sumowski 307, present whereabouts unknown).[1]

[1] See Lit. below, and under cat. no.6 (1836,0811.59), n.1.


London, 1915, p.66, no.18; Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, 1979, p.658, under no.307 (wrongly stating that the drawing contains watercolour; a dovecote appears in the 'Country House in Soest', Sumowski 307, location unknown); Broos, 1984, p.164 (identifies Sumowski 307 as of the 'Hunting Lodge Toutenburg at Maartensdijk').

animal-housing (scope note | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from William Smith, the printseller (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Sheepshanks (L.2333) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Probably Ten Hoeve and Tourton sale, Amsterdam, 8th etc. April, 1760, portfolio G, no.15 ('Een Duivenhius'); probably Dirk Versteegh sale, Amsterdam, De Vries and Roos, 3rd etc. November, 1823, portfolio no.G, no.18 ('Un volet ou une tour pour des Colombiers, à la plume'), bt Engelberts, f.15; probably Abraham de Haas sale, Amsterdam, De Vries and Roos, 8-10 November, 1824, portfolio X, no.9 ('Een Duiventoren'), bt Gruiter, f.5.15; probably anonymous sale, Amsterdam, de Vries, Roos, et al., 20th etc. November, 1826, portfolio B, no.43 ('Een Duiventoren, meesterlyk met de rietpen'), bt Brondgeest with B.40-44, f20.10; probably anonymous sale, Amsterdam, van Campen, 2-3rd March, 1829, portfolio B, no.24 ('Een Duiventoorn, fix met de rietpen'), sold with B.23 for f.7); John Sheepshanks; purchased with his collection from Messrs William Smith.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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