Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on paper washed with brown
6 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (17.1 x 27.6 cm); vertical strip 6 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (17.2 x 3.2 cm) added by artist to the sheet at right.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Not on view
In his landscape drawings from the early 1650s, Rembrandt strove to create generalized views of the buildings in their settings, enlived by wonderfully atmospheric penwork, as seen here in the foliage of the trees. Rembrandt situated the cottage parallel to the picture plane and framed it symmetrically by adding a strip of paper to the right of the original sheet, on which he rounded off the tree branches, fence, and horizon. By doing so, he gave the composition a beautiful and imposing equilibrium of almost classical dimension.
Inscription: [in pen and brown ink at lower left]: WE [monogram of William Esdaile] (Lugt 2617)
Marking: Stamped lower left with the collector's mark of Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445). Verso: on the former backing stamped with the collectors' marks of Sir Francis Seymour Haden (Lugt 1227) and John Heywood Hawkins (Lugt 1472).
Jan Pietersz Zoomer (Dutch, Amsterdam 1641–1724 Amsterdam); Sir Thomas Lawrence (British, Bristol 1769–1830 London); William Esdaile (British, 1758–1837 London); his sale, Christie's, London, June 17, 1840, lot 119 (£7 to Geddes); Andrew Geddes (British, Edinburgh, Scotland 1783–1844 London); John Heywood Hawkins; his sale, Sotheby's, London, April 29, 1850, lot 1022 (£1 to Meyer); Sir Francis Seymour Haden (British, London 1818–1910 Bramdean); his sale, Sotheby's, London, June 15–19, 1891, lot 587 (£130 to Durand-Ruel); Galerie Durand-Ruel; John Postle Heseltine; H. O. Havemeyer; Donor: Louisine W. Havemeyer
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