A fox killing a fowl; at the edge of a wood, another fox behind at l and a cottage beyond at r Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and watercolour


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.63

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 20
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.16

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 fox killing a fowl; at the edge of a wood, another fox behind at left and a cottage beyond at right.

Pen and brown ink with grey, brown, yellow-green and touches of red wash over some light indications in graphite; framing-lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: See Inscriptions.

Watermark: Countermark 'PM'.

Inscription Content: Signed in monogram, lower left, in pen and brown ink: 'AVB f'; inscribed verso, lower left, in graphite: 'Borsum'.

Height: 150 millimetres
Width: 229 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24mm apart)

Slight general discolouration, otherwise good.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.16:

The dramatic motif is unusual in van Borssom's work. He may possibly have been illustrating a scene from 'Reynard the Fox' (cf., for example, van Everdingen, Hind 107, 1852,0519.64, in the Museum's collection, illustrating Book II, Chapter 4) but whether an extended series of illustrations was planned is not known.

London, 1915, p.66, no.20, repr. pl.XXXIII.

hunting/shooting (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
Johannes Hermanus Molkenboer; his sale, Amsterdam, De Vries and Roos, 17 etc. October 1825, lot O.4, bt Gruiter, f.2.10 (this reference noticed by Alice Davies [e-mail 28 January 2009])

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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