A country road flanked by hay barns; a cottage at l foreground with a woman seated in front, two men and a dog on the road, steep cliffs behind topped with trees Pen and brown ink, with watercolour


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.57

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 13
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.9

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 country road flanked by hay-barns; a cottage at left foreground with a woman seated in front, two men and a dog on the road, steep cliffs behind topped with trees.

Pen and dark brown ink with watercolour, with some scraping-out for highlights; framing lines in grey ink.

Verso: laid down (but see Inscriptions).

Watermark: IHS, similar to Hinterding A.i. (1658)

Inscription Content: Signed, lower right, in pen and brown ink: 'AVBorssom f.' [AVB in mon.]; verso (according to note in Museum files), in pen and brown ink: '12/92'.

Height: 286 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 26mm apart)
Width: 229 millimetres


Curator's comments
Hind believes some of the background to have been added by a later (18thC?) hand.

Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.9:

The energetic and florid penwork is characteristic of only a few drawings by van Borssom, including the Farmhouse near a Dune now in the Rijksmuseum (Sumowski 315).[1] A similar watermark is found on cat. no.7 (Oo,10,189).
It has been suggested that the background hill in the present drawing is an eighteenth-century addition, but we believe it to be autograph, the stylistic difference from the foreground resulting from its execution almost entirely with the brush. A comparable effect is achieved, for example, in the 'Portage and Mill near Amsterdam', also in the Rijksmuseum (Sumowski 292; inv. no.A286).

[1] The drawing entered the Rijksmuseum as a gift in 1986 (inv. no.1986:3).


London, 1915, p.65, no.13 (the background by a later hand); Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, 1979, p.672, under no.314, no.2 (groups with nine other watercolours in same style, presumed late, from 1670s).

farm building/farmyard (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
Possibly Abraham van Broyel sale, Amsterdam, de Leth, 30 Oct. and following days, 1759, no.I.513, bt Goll, f.11.5; possibly Johann Goll van Franckenstein (and descendants); their sale, Amsterdam, de Vries, 1st June and following days,1833, no.E24, bt Buffa, f.18.

Exhibition History
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue).

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