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Drawing - Fantasy view of the ruins of a castle on a river, with a barge crossing the ford
  • Fantasy view of the ruins of a castle on a river, with a barge crossing the ford
    Houbraken, Antonina, born 1686 - died 1736
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Fantasy view of the ruins of a castle on a river, with a barge crossing the ford

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Holland (possibly, drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Houbraken, Antonina, born 1686 - died 1736 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and brown ink, with brown and grey wash; double framing line in brown ink. Inscribed at lower right, in brown ink, <i>j: stelling</i><i>werf</i>; and inscribed above this, also in brown ink (with the museum’s Dyce inv. no.), <i>437</i>; on verso, along lower edge, by Esdaile, in brown ink,<i> Greffier Fagels colln 1799 WE P96</i> (altered to <i>P97</i>) <i>N80</i>. Inscribed on old mount, in pencil: at lower right, by Dyce, <i>Stellingwerf</i>; and to the right of this, in a nineteenth-century hand (with Dyce’s original inv. no.), <i>140</i>.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.437

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Physical description

Landscape, Fantasy view of the ruins of a castle on a river, with a barge crossing the ford. A ruined building beyond the river, having a watch-tower surmounted by a weather-cock; on the left, in the foreground, is a sailing barge transporting a horse-drawn caravan; Pen, slightly tinted with bistre and neutral tint, on paper.

Place of Origin

Holland (possibly, drawn)

Artist/maker

Houbraken, Antonina, born 1686 - died 1736 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and brown ink, with brown and grey wash; double framing line in brown ink. Inscribed at lower right, in brown ink, j: stellingwerf; and inscribed above this, also in brown ink (with the museum’s Dyce inv. no.), 437; on verso, along lower edge, by Esdaile, in brown ink, Greffier Fagels colln 1799 WE P96 (altered to P97) N80. Inscribed on old mount, in pencil: at lower right, by Dyce, Stellingwerf; and to the right of this, in a nineteenth-century hand (with Dyce’s original inv. no.), 140.

Dimensions

Height: 139 mm, Width: 200 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Griffier François Fagel the elder (1659–1746), The Hague; presumably his nephew, Griffier Hendrick Fagel the elder (1706–90), The Hague; his grandson, Griffier Hendrick Fagel the younger (1765–1838), The Hague and London, the family sale [François Fagel the elder], London, T. Philipe, 20–5 May 1799, possibly lot 463: ‘Fifteen landscapes––six in bistre––neat small views––the rest ruined castles––all in Holland’ (bt. for £0. 5s. 0d.);1 William Esdaile (1758–1837), London (L. 2617 at upper right), his sale, London, Christie’s, 18–25 June 1840, lot 837: ‘Stellingwerf. A pair of river-scenes, with a chateau and a ferry-boat, in bistre’ (to ‘Sheath’ for £0. 3s. 0d.); Rev. Alexander Dyce (1798–1869), London, by whom bequeathed to the museum (L. Suppl. 153b), 1869.

Descriptive line

Houbraken, Antonina; Fantasy view of the ruins of a castle on a river, with a barge crossing the ford. A ruined building beyond the river, having a watch-tower surmounted by a weather-cock; on the left, in the foreground, is a sailing barge transporting a horse-drawn caravan; Pen, slightly tinted with bistre and neutral tint, on paper; Dutch School; 17th century.

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

Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, Vol. 1, Cat. 88, illustrated.

Materials

Paper; Bistre; Pen

Techniques

Drawing (image-making); Tinting

Subjects depicted

Watchtower; Barges (flat-bottomed watercraft); Horses; Weathercock; Ruins; River; Caravans

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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