View of Ransdorp in Waterland; a church with ruined square tower, trees and farm buildings surrounding, two figures at l foreground and a horse lying in the meadow to r Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and watercolour


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.55

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 345x
Hind 1915-31 6
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.4

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 church at Ransdorp in Waterland; the church has a ruined square tower, trees and farm buildings surrounding, two figures at left foreground and a horse lying in the meadow to right

Pen and brown ink and watercolour.

Verso: laid down, but some inscriptions exposed (see Inscriptions).

No visible or recorded watermark.

Inscription Content: Verso inscribed in an old hand: "het Dorp Rarop/door A v. Borssum"

Height: 145 millimetres
Width: 202 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 25mm apart)

Good; possibly slightly trimmed (fragmentary framing line at upper right).

Curator's comments
See Hind for comparisons.

Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.4:

The drawing depicts the medieval church at Ransdorp (in local dialect, as in the inscription on the verso, sometimes referred to as Rarop or Raarop) in Waterland, just north of Amsterdam. Begun before 1422, the tower was added in 1502 in the late Gothic style.[1] A second view of the church by van Borssom is in the Teyler Museum in Haarlem,[2] and a third is in the Rijksbureau voor de Monumentenzorg in The Hague.[3] It was also the subject of a drawing attributed to Rembrandt, now in Oxford (Benesch 1310) and appears in the distance in his 'View across the Y' now at Chatsworth (Benesch 1239). It was again depicted in a print of 1663 by Jacob Koninck, for which the preparatory drawing is described below (Koninck cat. no.1, Oo,9.81).

[1] Amsterdam, 1988, no.398 (with further literature).
[2] Haarlem, 1904, Inv. no.Q* 63 (Haarlem, 1997, no.66); pen and brown ink with watercolour, 178 x 233mm. Another View of Ransdorp, with ducks in the foreground, was formerly in the Goll van Franckenstein collection, sold Amsterdam, 1 July etc., 1833, 'kunstboek' F, no.29 (and sold again in the W. Pitcairn Knowles sale, 1835, lot 91 - this latter reference noticed by Plomp in Haarlem, 1997, under no.66).
[3] Repr. Exh. Delft, 1956, p.26, no.96, fig.3.

London, 1915, p.63, no.6, repr. pl.XXXII (compares view of the village by A. Rademaker, 'Kabinett van Nederlandsche Oudheden', I, pls.29-30; and the drawing by J. Koninck in this catalogue, cat. no.1; Oo,9.81); Hirschmann, 1918, p.23 (possibly a copy or replica of the version in Haarlem); Oxford, 1938, p.79 (compares Rembrandt's 'View of Ransdorp' now in Oxford, Benesch 1310, and views by Rademaker, following London, 1915); Exh. Delft, 1956, p.7, under no.30; Exh. Paris, 1970, p.112; Sumowski, 1979, etc, II, 1979, no.345x (compares 'Idealised Mountain Landscape', Sumowski 311, now in the Courtauld Institute, Witt coll.3019); Royalton-Kisch, 1991, pp.11-12, repr. fig.3 (subject also seen in J. Koninck etching; scale and balance compared with Rembrandt's etching, 'Landscape with square Tower', Bartsch 218, Hind 245, and Rembrandt drawings with architectural motifs); Haarlem, 1997, under no.66.

church (scope note | all objects)

Associated places
Topographic representation of Ransdorp (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
Possibly Jacob Roelofs sale, Amsterdam, de Vries and Roos, 8 March, 1824, lot P.3 ('Het dorp Rarop, met de pen en dito [sapverwen]'), bt Engelberts, f.2, with lots P.1 and P.2; possibly Goll van Franckenstein and descendants; his sale, Amsterdam, 1 July etc., 1833, portfolio E, no.13 ('Gezicht op het dorp Rarop of Ransdorp' [met sapverwen]), bt Buffa, f.19, with lot E.14; John Sheepshanks (L.2333); Messrs William Smith; purchased with the Sheepshanks collection, 1836.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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