drawing / album

Landscape with two figures at a landing stage; one seated sketching (?), view of a town and windmills on the opposite shore Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and watercolour, over black chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1952,0121.19

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 Add.27
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.11

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)
album (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)

Two artists on a jetty, sketching; landscape with two figures at a landing stage, one figure seated, view of a town and windmills on the opposite shore.

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

Verso: laid down on eighteenth-century backing-paper.

No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: Signed lower right, in pen and brown ink: 'AVBorssom' ['AVB' in monogram]; on backing-paper, in graphite, two modern annotations with the artist's name and the number: '18'.

Height: 152 millimetres
Width: 232 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24mm apart)

Generally good, though a little discoloured.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.11:

It may be that the drawing, though signed, is unfinished: the uncoloured graphite indications in the background are similar to those underlying the washes of colour in other drawings by van Borssom.

Lugt, 'Supplément', 1956, p.169, under no.1160 (on provenance).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
With contribution from J R Vallentin Fund (biographical details | all objects)
With contribution from The Art Fund (as NACF) (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased from Leslie Colling-Mudge (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Charles Compton Cavendish, 1st Baron Chesham (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Lord James Cavendish (See Acquisition Comment) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
One of ninety drawings from the Cavendish album, see 1952,0121.75 for a full account of provenance. G.H. (anon. early eighteenth-century collector [Guillaume Hubert?]; L.1160 and 'Supplément'); Lord James Cavendish? (the drawing was folio 18 of the 'Cavendish Album', probably compiled by or for Lord James Cavendish, the second son of the second Duke of Devonshire, who may have given him some or all of the drawings; some bear the mark of Nicolaes Anthonis Flinck, whose collection was purchased by the 2nd Duke in 1723/4 (see L.959); the album believed in the twentieth century to have been in the library of Lord Chesham, a member of the Cavendish family (See London, 1962, under no.81); L. Colling-Mudge, from whom purchased (Vallentin Fund) for the British Museum with the support of the National Art-Collections Fund, 1952.

Exhibition History
2003-4 Dec-April, British Museum, NACF exhibition

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