The banks of a canal with wheelbarrow at centre; water in the foreground, a truss of hay next to the wheelbarrow, a wooden planked construction at l with grass on top, a fenced meadow with cottages amid trees beyond Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and watercolour


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.53

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 4
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.2

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)

The banks of a canal, with a sledge; water in the foreground, a truss of hay next to the sledge (wheelbarrow), a wooden planked construction at left with grass on top, a fenced meadow with cottages amid trees beyond.

Pen and brown ink with watercolour.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark: the drawing is now laid down, with a window to expose the Goll mark and the register number; but it was lifted and inspected in around 1960 by Christopher White, who recorded that there was no watermark.

Inscription Content: Verso, lower left, in pen and brown ink: 'N782'; in graphite below this, and only partly visible: 'Borssom'.

Height: 157 millimetres
Width: 255 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24-5mm apart)

Good; a few slight spots and stains.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.2:

A characteristic watercolour, though not signed. The location has not been identified.

London, 1915, p.63, no.4; Haarlem, 1997, under no.68.

canal scene (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
Goll van Franckenstein (L.2987, with no. 'N782'; his sale of 1833 included several watercolours by van Borssom but the present sheet cannot be identified with a particular lot); John Sheepshanks (L.2333); purchased with his collection through Messrs Smith, 1836.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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