A farmyard; a hay barn to r and a rough plank fence in the foreground, a small thatched barn to l, the roof of a cottage amidst trees beyond Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and watercolour


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.54

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 10
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.23

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
After Anthonie van Borssom (biographical details | all objects)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A farmyard; a hay barn to right and a rough plank fence in the foreground, a small thatched barn to left, the roof of a cottage amidst trees beyond.

Pen and brown ink with watercolour.

Verso: laid down; some inscriptions exposed (see below).

No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: Inscribed lower left, in pen and brown ink: 'Av borssom.f- '; verso, lower left, in graphite: '18 'and '297', and in dark brown ink: 'N.830'.

Height: 232 millimetres
Width: 364 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 27/29mm apart)

Somewhat faded and discoloured.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, after Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.23:

Hitherto accepted as an original drawing by van Borssom, the penwork is uncharacteristic and the application of the watercolours dry. It is more probably a copy of a now lost watercolour.

London, 1915, p.64, no.10.

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
Johann Goll van Franckenstein the Elder and his descendants (L.2987 with number 'N.830' [see Beck, 1981, p.117]; possibly the watercolour in his sale, Amsterdam, 1 July etc, 1833, portfolio A, no.23, of a 'Landhoeve met schuren en hekken' - 'peasant farm with barns and fences'); John Sheepshanks (L.2333); Messrs William Smith, from whom purchased with the Sheepshanks collection, 1836.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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