View on the banks of the Y (?); a coast-line at r and various sailing boats by landing-stages or further out, large buildings amid trees along the coast Pen and brown ink Verso: A woman with a scarf around her head; WL standing to front, her skirts gathered up Pen and brown ink


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.64

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 1
Sumowski 1979 continuing 329
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.1

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)

Full-length study of a woman wearing a scarf; standing to front, her skirts gathered up
Reed pen and brown ink
Verso: View on the banks of the IJ (?); a coast-line at right and various sailing boats by landing-stages or further out, large buildings amid trees along the coast
Pen and brown ink; framing lines in pen and brown ink
No watermark.

Inscription Content: Verso, lower left, in graphite: 'Borssom' [abraded].

Height: 192 millimetres
Width: 310 millimetres (sight measurement)

Good; a few random vertical indentations on the recto; paper slightly discoloured.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.1:

The old attribution to van Borssom on the verso is convincing, although the recto figure study is an unusual motif for the artist. The locality depicted on the verso is uncertain.


London, 1915, p.62, no.1, repr. pl.XXXI (van Borssom); Gerson, 1935, p.58; Sumowski, II, 1979, no.329, the recto repr. and V, 1981, p.2426, under no.1090xx (the inscription a signature; compares verso with landscapes in Berlin, nos. 537, 538 and 5371, respectively Sumowski 347, 318 and 348; the recto figure compared with those in the second of these); Vermet, 1982, p.411 (compares figure in Fitzwilliam Museum drawing, PD3133 as Saenredam, and those in cat. nos.17 and 18 of church interiors).

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)

Exhibition History
1956, London, p.33, no.3.

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