View of Haarlem from the Dunes; lined by a belt of trees in the foreground with cottages between, open fields behind, windmills to r and the town behind with the Groote Kerk rising above, water in the distance Pen and brown ink, with watercolour, heightened with white (oxidised)


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.52

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 14
Sumowski 1979 continuing 339x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.10

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)

Haarlem seen from the dunes; lined by a belt of trees in the foreground with cottages between, open fields behind, windmills to right and the town behind with the Groote Kerk rising above, water in the distance.

Pen and brown ink and watercolour, with some red chalk; framing lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Watermark: 'Seven Provinces' lion rampant in a circle (cf. Churchill 109 and 113 and Heawood 3138).

Inscription Content: On verso of old backing, inscribed in graphite, top left: 'a 809'; centre: 'View of Haerlem by Van Borssum/ ,2.2.0.'; lower left: 'Haerlem / V Borsum'; lower right: 'van Borsum'.

Height: 194 millimetres
Width: 316 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 23/26mm apart)

Much of the colour seems to have been added in the eighteenth century, and the bodycolour mixed with this has partly discoloured to grey in the sky; some discolouration to the right of the church; a diagonal line of dirt or chalk runs from left of centre of top edge towards the church.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.10:

Haarlem, dominated by the church of St Bavo, is seen from the dunes near Overveen, with the Haarlemmer Meer beyond. Comparable views of the city were drawn by Rembrandt (Benesch 1259) and Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (Sumowski 686),[1] as well as by artists of the Haarlem school.
Much of the watercolour seems to have been added to the drawing in the eighteenth century, although the subtle colouring of the middle distance, for example, may be original.[2]

[1] Like the second 'View of Haarlem' by Eeckhout in Dresden (inv. no.C.1882-53), to which Sumowski calls attention, the view in the Berlin drawing is taken from considerably further to the left.
[2] Frits Lugt (note in Museum files; see further Exh. Cambridge, 1966, in Lit. below) believed the colour was applied in the eighteenth century.


London, 1915, p.65, no.14, repr. pl.XXXIII; Exh. Cambridge, 1966, under no.24 (compares drawing in Fitzwilliam Museum, PD 286-1963, by van Borssom or Eeckhout; records opinion of Lugt that the BM drawing might be 18th cent.); Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, 1979, no.339x, repr. (comparing drawing in Plymouth, Sumowski 290).

Associated places
Topographic representation of Haarlem (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 anonymous sale, Amsterdam, van Campen, 2-3rd March, 1829, portfolio A, no.12 ('Een Gezigt op haarlem, dun en helder [gekleurd]'), bt Gruyter, f.2.

Exhibition History
1956, London, p.28, no.1.

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