A bridge across a stream; a narrow stream with path at l running beneath the bridge, flanked by high trees, a figure on the road at far l Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and watercolour, over black chalk Verso: Lower part of a tree Pen and brown ink


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,10.188

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 12
Sumowski 1979 continuing 303
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.8

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 bridge across a stream; a narrow stream with path at left running beneath the bridge, flanked by high trees, a figure on the road at far left.

Pen and brown ink with watercolour, touched with graphite.

Verso: a slight sketch of a tree; see also under Inscriptions.

Watermark: 'IHS' (not very clear).

Inscription Content: Signed lower left, in pen and brown ink: 'AVBorssum f.' ['AVB' in mon.]; to the right of this, in graphite: 'V Borsum'; lower right, also in graphite: '3'; verso, lower left, in red chalk: 'V Borsum' and in black chalk: 'V Borsom'.

Height: 224 millimetres
Width: 341 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, range between 25 & 28mm apart)

Good, apart from some brown smudging in the sky, upper right and centre right edge.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.8:

See the note to cat. no.7 (Oo,10.189). The same, or a very similar bridge appears in a painting by van Borssom of a 'Tree-lined Road by a River'.[1]

[1] Sumowski, 'Gemälde', I, 1983, no.198, repr. (sold London, Sotheby's, 13 December, 1978, lot 287, repr.).

London, 1915, p.65, no.12; Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, 1979, no.303, repr.; Amsterdam, 1981, p.105.

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (Lugt 1530; his sale, Thomas Philipe's, London, 10.vi.1811/57 as 'Borsum (A. van) A capital landscape) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Nicola Francesco Haym (Lugt 1970) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Nicola Francesco Haym; Earl Spencer; Richard Payne Knight, by whom bequeathed, 1824.

Exhibition History
1958 Apr, BM, Eight centuries of landscape ... water-colours, under no.22.

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