A drawbridge; across the foreground, leading to a gate at r with a name on the lintel "BORSEN-BURGH", a road leading from the bridge at l past a group of houses behind Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and watercolour


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1854,0628.14

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 5
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Borssom.3

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)
Formerly attributed to Jan Andrea Lievens (biographical details | all objects)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

The drawbridge to Borsen Burgh, a house on the Amstel River; the drawbridge in the foreground, leading to a gate at right with a name on the lintel "BORSEN-BURGH", a road leading from the bridge at left past a group of houses behind.

Pen and brown ink and watercolour; a touch of red chalk, lower left; framing lines in pen and black ink.

Verso: blank.

Watermark: indistinct, with letter 'Y' near the centre.

Inscription Content: Inscribed on the lintel of the house, upper right, in pen and brown ink: 'BORSEN.BURGH'

Height: 180 millimetres
Width: 308 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 25mm apart)

Good; a horizontal crease 50mm from the top edge; thin patches near centre of both edges; top right corner folded.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, cat. no.3:

The house represented lay on the west bank of the Amstel River towards the Omval. Another version of the drawing is in the collection of the Stichting P. and N. de Boer.[1]

[1] Formerly in the E. Wauters, A.W.M. Mensing and de Robiano collections, sold Amsterdam, Muller, 15-16 June, 1926, lot 534; see Exh. Laren, 1966, no.30.


Waagen, IV, 1857, p.41, no.2 (Lievens); London, 1915, p.63, no.5, repr. pl.XXXII (van Borssom; notes former attribution to Lievens [see n.1 above]); Exh. Laren, 1966, p.7, under no.30; Exh. Brussels-Rotterdam-Paris-Bern, 1968-9, p.96, under no.93, n.7; Exh. New York-Paris, 1977-8, p.94, under no.64; Sumowski, 1979 etc., II, 1979, under no.292.

The Borsen-Burgh is probably a pun on Van Borssom's name.

bridge (all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased through Walter Benjamin Tiffin (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased through Christie's (20.vi.1854/904 as Van Borsum [changed in ink to Lievens in BM copy of catalogue) 'A view in Holland,) (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased from Samuel Woodburn (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Probably anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Van der Schley et al., 29 April, 1817, portfolio D, no.9 ('De opgang tot het Huis Borssenburg. Natuurlijk met de pen en r. door A. van Borssum'), bt Hodges, f.7.10; Samuel Woodburn; his sale, Christie's, 20 June, 1854, lot 904, bt Tiffin, for British Museum. The owner of the annotated copy of the Woodburn sale catalogue in the Department amended the attribution from van Borssom to Jan Lievens. This attribution, retained by Waagen, 1857 (see Lit. in Curator's Comment) was corrected by A.M. Hind, in London, 1915 (again, see Lit. in Curator's Comment), who returned the drawing to van Borssom.

Exhibition History
1956, London, p.28, no.3;
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue).

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