View on the banks of a canal; with cottages and two windmills, a barge at centre and a sailing boat to l against the quays Pen and brown ink, with brown wash


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1860,0616.129

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1090xx (De Gelder)
Hind 1915-31 2 (as Borssom)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Gelder.5

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Formerly attributed to Anthonie van Borssom (biographical details | all objects)
Attributed to Arent de Gelder (biographical details | all objects)
1670-1700 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

View of a village on a canal, with a boat to the left; with cottages and two windmills, a barge at centre and a sailing boat to left against the quays. c.1670-1700
Pen and brown ink with brown wash; framing lines in pen and brown ink.
Verso: blank.
No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed lower right, in graphite: ‘Rembrant’; verso, top centre, in pen and brown ink (18th-19th cent.): ‘Marine et Paisage avec Figures a la plume’; centre, in graphite: ‘10’.

Height: 185 millimetres
Width: 312 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 23/24mm apart)

Good, though some creases and slight losses and discolouration at extreme edges.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Aert de Gelder, cat. no.5:
The topography has not been identified. A copy of the drawing was on the art market in 1980.[1] See further cat. no.6 (Oo,9.93).

[1] Sold Amsterdam, Sotheby Mak van Waay, 17 Nov. 1980, lot 105 (recording Sumowski's attribution of the present sheet to de Gelder).

London, 1915, p.63, no.2 (van Borssom; compares B.M. drawings with related sheet of same view in Albertina, Vienna, Inv.8889, Sumowski 1087xx); Hirschmann, 1918, p.23 (not same view as Albertina drawing, pace Hind in London 1915); Lugt, 1920, p.151, n.1 (quotes London, 1915, but Albertina drawing another view, of the Ringvaart); Lugt, 1933, p.68, under no.1343 (groups with other drawings given to Borssom, reproducing two in the Louvre, nos.1343-4, pl.CVIII; inspired by late Rembrandt, e.g. Benesch 1366-7); Sumowski, 1979 etc., V, 1981, no.1090xx, repr. (attributed to de Gelder, following Rosenberg's attribution of a drawing in Berlin, Inv.2461, Sumowski 1098xx, around which a group of drawings, partly already constituted by Lugt, 1933 - as by van Borssom - is constructed); Haarlem, 1997, under no.161.

Probably a view of the same place as Hind 3.

canal scene (all objects)
boat/ship (scope note | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased through Walter Benjamin Tiffin (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased through Christie's (14.vi.1860/1520 as Rembrandt 'A RIVER SCENE WITH BOATS, AND BUILDINGS ON THE BANKS - pen and bistre') (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased from Samuel Woodburn (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
London, 1992 (ex. cat., as attributed to de Gelder).

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