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Oil painting - Landscape with a town in the middle distance

Landscape with a town in the middle distance

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    17th century (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on oak panel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John M. Parsons

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting was formerly attributed to the foremost landscape painter of the latter half of the seventeenth century, Jacob van Ruisdael, in a Museum catalogue of 1893. However as Michael Kauffmann noted in his Catalogue of Foreign Paintings (London: 1973) the ‘painting is so badly rubbed and so extensively repainted that an attempt at attribution would seem impossible’. Nonetheless, the general composition of the painting is in keeping with the style of landscape produced by Dutch painters throughout the seventeenth century. The only area of the painting to retain its original character is the lower-left foreground, which appears to show some of the contrasts of light typical of Ruisdael’s work, which marked a departure from the tonal landscapes of the earlier seventeenth century.


17th century (painted)



Materials and Techniques

Oil on oak panel


Height: 47.3 cm estimate, Width: 72.5 cm estimate, :

Object history note

Bequeathed by John M. Parsons, 1870

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Landscape with a Town in the Middle Distance', Dutch School, 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kauffmann, C.M., Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, p. 94, cat. no. 98
Ulrike Gehring and Peter Weibel, eds., Mapping spaces : networks of knowledge in 17th century landscape painting Karlsruhe : ZKM Museum for Contemporary Art ; Hirmer, 2014; Karlsruhe : Hirmer Verlag, [2014]; 504 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 30 cm. ISBN: 3777422304 / 9783777422305

Production Note

Formerly attributed to Jacob van Ruisdael (1893), this painting is so badly rubbed and extensively repainted that an attempt at an attribution is all but impossible.


Oil paint; Oak


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Rivers; Towns




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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