A turkey and a cock by a large tree; facing each other, another bird beyond and part of a fence to r Pen and brown ink, touched with red and brown wash Verso: Sketches of peasant men and women skating and a woman lifting her skirts Pen and brown ink


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.62

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 19
Sumowski 1979 continuing 363x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.15

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 turkey and a cock by a tree; facing each other, another bird beyond and part of a fence to right.

Pen and brown ink, the recto touched with brown and red wash; framing line in pen and brown ink.

Verso: Sketches of eight skaters; peasant men and women with a woman lifting her skirts.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, lower left, in graphite: 'P/Borsum'; lower right, in pen and brown ink: 'Borsum D.d –x' and an indecipherable inscription in graphite.

Height: 162 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24mm apart)
Width: 198 millimetres

Glue-stains along lower and right edges, otherwise good; the sheet trimmed to cut away the top of two of the figures on the verso.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.15:

The verso, like cat. no.1 (1836,0811.64) and some leaves of his sketchbook, cat. no.19 (1854,0628.111) gives a rare glimpse of van Borssom as a purely figurative draughtsman.

London, 1915, p.66, no.19; Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, 1979, no.363x (compares 'Dog barking at Birds' in Louvre, RF 728, [Exh. Paris, 1988-9, no.120, repr.]); Exh. Paris, 1988-9, under no.120 (as Sumowski, 1979).

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Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from William Smith, the printseller (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection van Puten ((L.2058); not identifiable in van Puten sale catalogue of 1829) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Sheepshanks (L.2333) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Possibly sale, Amsterdam, de Winter and Yver, 12 December, 1768, p.37, portfolio F, no.501 ('Twee stuks Westinind. Vogels, door VAN BORSEN en VAN VEEN [Gekleurd]'); Van Puten (mark on verso; not identifiable in his sale, 1829); John Sheepshanks; purchased with his collection from Messrs William Smith. Alice Davies recognised van Puten's mark on the verso (e-mail 28 January 2009) and has kindly provided further assistance with the provenance of some drawings by Van Borssom.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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