Ducks on the banks of a stream; one feeding from a bowl, three others on the water, one diving, a low hut and trees to l, a cock and three hens on the grass behind Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and watercolour, over black chalk


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.67

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 16
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.12

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)

Geese and ducks by a farm building near water; one feeding from a bowl, three others on the water, one diving, a low hut and trees to left, a cock and three hens on the grass behind.

Pen and brown ink, touched with watercolour; framing line in pen and black ink.

Verso: laid down, but partly exposed (see Inscriptions).

Watermark: fragmentary countermark: the letters 'IHS' [the S cut away] (cf. Churchill 401).

Inscription Content: Signed lower right, in pen and brown ink: 'AVBorssom.f.' ['AVB' in mon.]; verso, lower left, in graphite: '2/0 no420-/NLB N=2-10/hh/-/60v-d2'.

Height: 201 millimetres
Width: 323 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 25mm apart)

Discoloured repair in sky, upper right; some patches of rubbed blue pigment; slight general discolouration.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.12:


London, 1915, pp.65-6, no.16.

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Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from William Smith, the printseller (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Sheepshanks (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Jan Danser Nijman (Possibly a former owner (see below)) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Possibly Hendrick Verschuuring sale, Amsterdam, De Winter and Yver, 28 January, 1771, portfolio F, no.367 ('Een Landschap, waar in man ziet een Boeren Huis, en by 't zelve eenige Ganzen. Met de Pen getekend, gewassen en een weinig gecouleerd'); possibly Nicolaas Nieuhoff sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley, de Winter and Yver, 14-17 April, 1777, portfolio B, no.132 ('Een landschap, met een boeren wooning en geboomte, in het zelve eenig land- en watervogels, fix met de pen en roet, en een weinig gecouleurt', bt Neyman, f.10.10; possibly Jan Danser Nyman sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley and Roos, 19th etc. March, 1798, portfolio B, no.9 ('Eenige Eenden aan het Boord van een Water; natuurlyk en fix in Sapverwen'), bt Pruyssenaer, f.42 with the companion, portfolio B, no.10 (or possibly in fact no.B.10:' De wedergae van de voorgaande, mede gestofferd met Eenden; geteekend als boven').

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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