A landing stage; a construction of planks with two men in a rowing boat behind, a house amid trees on the bank of the canal at l, cattle in fields beyond and two ducks at r foreground Pen and brown ink, with watercolour


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.59

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 297
Hind 1915-31 9 (as van Borssom)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.6

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 landing-stage with a boat and two men; a construction of planks with two men in a rowing boat behind, a house amid trees on the bank of the canal at left, cattle in fields beyond and two ducks at right foreground.

Pen and brown ink with watercolour over graphite; framing-lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Watermark: countermark 'MP'.

Inscription Content: Signed, left, in pen and brown ink: 'AVBorssom f '['AVB' in mon.]; verso, top left, in graphite: a '300' and lower left: 'van Borsum'; lower right, also in graphite: 'Van Borssum 30/'; lower left, Goll's number in pen and brown ink (see Acquisition and Provenance) with an illegible paraphe below.

Height: 148 millimetres
Width: 233 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24mm apart)


Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.6:

The use of graphite in the background is unusual for van Borssom, but the drawing seems wholly autograph. The location has not been identified.[1]

[1] The tentative suggestion in Exh. Paris-Haarlem, 1997-8, p.74, n.5, that it might relate to the drawing in the Pierpont Morgan Library of the 'Hunting-Lodge at Maartensdijk' (inv. 1982:73; Sumowski 307) does not convince. See further under cat. no.14 (1836,0811.66).

London, 1915, p.64, no.9; Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, 1979, no.297 (probably after 1660); Exh. Paris-Haarlem, 1997, p.74, n.5 (see n.1 above).

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
Cornelis Elout sale, Haarlem, van de Vinne, 4-5 April, 1780, p.8, no.B.74, bt Yver, f.21.5; Johann Goll van Franckenstein (L.2987, with number 'N3786') and descendants (but not identifiable in the sale of this collection, Amsterdam, 1 July, etc. 1833); John Sheepshanks (L.2333); Messrs William Smith; purchased with the Sheepshanks collection, 1836.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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