A Farm On The Amsteldijk
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2004.181
People
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Dutch (Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam)
Title
A Farm on the Amsteldijk
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1650-1652
Culture
Dutch
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Brown ink, brown wash and white opaque watercolor on cream antique laid paper
Dimensions
10.9 x 22.1 cm (4 5/16 x 8 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: verso, lower right, blue ink stamp: L. 3306 (Maida and George Abrams)
  • watermark: none
  • collector's mark: lower left, black ink: L. 959 (Nicolaes Flinck)
Provenance
Nicolaes Anthoni Flinck, Rotterdam (L. 959, lower left), sold from his estate; to
William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth, 1723, by descent; to Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth, sold; [Christie's, London, 3 July 1984, lot 66]; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston (L. 3306, verso, lower right); The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Gift of George Abrams in memory of Maida Abrams, 2004.181

Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gift of George Abrams in memory of Maida Abrams
Accession Year
2004
Object Number
2004.181
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Wilhelm von Bode, Sidney Colvin, and Francis Seymour Haden, Original Drawings by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Produced in Phototype, ed. Friedrich Lippmann, Karl W. Hiersemann (London, Berlin, and Leipzig, 1888-1892), part 2, no. 70, repr.

Cornelis Hofstede de Groot, Die Handzeichnungen Rembrandts, E. F. Bohn (Haarlem, 1906), cat. no. 856, p. 195

Friedrich Lippmann, ed., Original Drawings by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Reproduced in the Colours of the Originals by Emrik and Binger at Haarlem. First Series., Martinus Nijhoff (The Hague, 1914-1920), part 2, no. 70, repr.

Frits Lugt, Wandelingen met Rembrandt in en om Amsterdam, exh. cat., P. N. van Kampen & Zoon (Amsterdam, 1915), pp. 5-6, repr. fig. 4

Gebroeders Binger, "Wandelingen met Rembrandt in Amsterdam", Feest-bundel Dr. Abraham Bredius aangeboden den achttienden April, 1915, Frits Lugt (1915), pp. 138-177, vol. 1, p. 141, repr. vol. 2, pl. 51, fig. 4

Frits Lugt, Mit Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Die Darstellung Rembrandts vom Amsterdamer Stadtbilde und von der unmittelbaren Landschaftlichen Umgebung, exh. cat., Bruno Cassirer (Berlin, 1920), p. 5, repr. fig. 4

Otto Benesch, Rembrandt Werk und Forschung, Gilhofer & Ranschburg (Vienna, 1935), p. 57

F. Schmidt-Degener and D. C. Röell, Rembrandt Tentoonstelling ter Herdenking van de Plechtige Opening van het Rijksmuseum op 13 Juli 1885, exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (Amsterdam, 1935), cat. no. 78, p. 73

Otto Benesch, Rembrandt, Selected Drawings (London and New York, 1947), vol. 1, cat. no. 218, p. 42, repr. vol. 2, pl. 218

H. E. van Gelder, Rembrandt en het landschap, H. J. W. Becht (Amsterdam, 1948), p. 19, repr. p. 9

Arthur E. Popham, Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth, exh. cat., Arts Council of Great Britain, London (London, 1949), cat. no. 41, p. 22

Otto Benesch, The Drawings of Rembrandt, Phaidon Press (Oxford, 1954 - 1957), vol. 6, p. 363, repr. fig. 1525

Francis Thompson and English Life Publications Ltd., The Devonshire Collection. Old Master Drawings at Chatsowrth. Reproductions of Thirty Drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn. 1606-1669. (Derby, England, 1957), repr. fig. 1042

Arthur E. Popham and Thomas Wragg, Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth: A Loan Exhibition from the Devonshire Collection, exh. cat., Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C., 1962), cat. no. 94, p. 39

Seymour Slive, Drawings of Rembrandt, Dover Publications Inc. (New York, 1965), vol. 1, cat. no. 70, repr.

Carlos van Hasselt, Dessins des Paysagistes hollandais du XVIIe siecle, exh. cat., Bibliotheque royal de Belgique (Brussels, 1968), under cat. no. 119, p. 121

Arthur E. Popham and Thomas Wragg, Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth: A Loan Exhibition from the Devonshire Collection, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, 1969), cat. no. 94, p. 39, repr. fig. 94

Otto Benesch, The Drawings of Rembrandt [enlarged ed.], Phaidon Press (Oxford, 1973), vol. 6, cat. no. 1295, p. 351, repr. fig. 1604

A.W.F.M. Meij, ed., Dessins flamands et hollandais du dix-septième siècle: collections Musées de Belgique, Musée Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Institut Néerlandais, Paris, exh. cat., Institut Néerlandais (Paris, 1974), under cat. no. 81, p. 108

Rembrandt and His Century: Dutch drawings of the seventeenth century from the collection of Frits Lugt, exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library (New York, 1978), under cat. no. 92, p. 134

Seymour Slive, Rembrandt Landscape Drawings: 60 Works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Dover Publications Inc. (New York, 1981), cat. no. 44, n.p., repr.

Frederik J. Duparc, Landscape in Perspective: Drawings by Rembrandt and his Contemporaries, exh. cat., The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal, 1988), cat. no. 75, p. 183, repr. and repr. color, p. 42, fig. 75

Cynthia Schneider, Rembrandt's Landcapes: Drawings and Prints, exh. cat. (1990), pp. 30 (n. 5), 47-50 and cat. no. 17, pp. 106-107, repr.

Peter Schatborn, "Met Rembrandt naar buiten", Kroniek van het Rembrandthuis (1990), vol. 90, no. 1-2, pp. 31-39, pp. 33-34

Frederik J. Duparc, "[Review] Collectie Abrams in Rijksprentenkabinet", Tableau (1991), vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 40-42, pp. 41-42

William W. Robinson, Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., H. O. Zimman, Inc. (Lynn, MA, 1991), cat. no. 57, pp. 10, 132-33, repr.

Mària van Berge-Gerbaud, Rembrandt et son école: Dessins de la collection Frits Lugt, exh. cat., Fondation Custodia (Paris, 1997), under cat. no. 17, pp. 44, 46 (n. 5)

Boudewijn Bakker, Landscapes of Rembrandt: His Favourite Walks, exh. cat., Thoth Publishers (Bussum, 1998), pp. 290-91, repr. p. 291, Ill. 1

Seymour Slive, "Collecting 17th-century Dutch art in the United States: the current boom", Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum (2001), vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 84-99, pp. 86, 97 (n.11), repr. p. 88, fig. 4

Michael Jaffé, The Devonshire Collection of Northern European Drawings, Umberto Allemandi & C. (Turin, London and Venice, 2002), vol. 3, cat. no. 1484, p. 416, repr.

William W. Robinson, Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 55, pp. 136-37, 259, repr. p. 137

Michiel C. Plomp, "[Review] Bruegel to Rembrandt. Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection.", Oud Holland (2004), vol. 117, no. 1/2, pp. 99-102, pp. 99 and 101 (n. 3)

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2004-2005 (Cambridge, MA, 2005), p. 22, repr.

Ivan Gaskell, Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 99, repr.

Holm Bevers, Lee Hendrix, William W. Robinson, and Peter Schatborn, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Pupils: Telling the Difference, exh. cat., J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, 2009), p. 221, under cat. no. 37, note 6

Peter C. Sutton and William W. Robinson, Drawings by Rembrandt, his Students and Circle from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., Bruce Museum of Arts and Science and Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2011), cat. no. 9, pp. 11-12, 31, 54-55, repr. p. 55

Emmanuelle Brugerolles, Mària van Berge-Gerbaud, and Peter Schatborn, Rembrandt et son entourage, exh. cat., Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts (Paris, 2012), under cat. no. 6, p. 44

Jane Turner and Christopher White, Dutch & Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A Publishing (London, 2014), vol. 1, under cat. no. 161, p. 213

Jeanne Faton, "Entretien avec George Abrams: Dessins de l'âge d'or hollandais", L'Estampille/L'Objet d'art (April 2003), no. 379, pp. 46-55, repr. p. 51

William W. Robinson, "Abrams Dutch Drawings Given to the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass.", Apollo (December 1999), vol. 150, pp. 14-16, pp. 14-15, repr. fig. 1

Susan Lumenello, "Picturing an Exhibition: On the Making of 'Rembrandt'", Colloquy [Harvard Alumni Quarterly] (Fall 2006), pp. 2-3, 11, repr. p. 3

Martin Royalton-Kisch, "Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils" [review], The Burlington Magazine (February 2011), vol. 153, no. 1295, pp. 97-102, p. 101

Gregory Rubinstein, "[Review] Rembrandt Drawings", The Burlington Magazine (January 2012), vol. 154, no. 1306, pp. 65-66, p. 66

Old Master and 19th Century Drawings, auct. cat. (New York, January 29, 2009), under lot 41, p. 38

Daniel Gross, "Dutch Treats", Harvard Magazine (Cambridge, MA, September-October 1992), vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 41-45, p. 45, repr. p. 43

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 2000), p. 50, repr.

George S. Keyes, "[Review] Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings. A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection", Master Drawings (Winter 1992), vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 443-448, p. 446

Exhibition History

Rembrandt Tentoonstelling, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 01/01/1935 - 12/31/1935

Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth, Arts Council Gallery, London, London, 01/01/1949 - 12/31/1949

Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth: A Loan Exhibition from the Devonshire Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/17/1963 - 02/17/1963; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 03/01/1963 - 03/31/1963; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 04/12/1963 - 05/12/1963; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 05/24/1963 - 06/23/1963; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 07/06/1963 - 08/04/1963; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 10/27/1962 - 11/25/1962; Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 12/04/1962 - 01/05/1963

Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth; A Loan Exhibition from the Devonshire Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 07/05/1969 - 08/31/1969

Landscape in Perspective: Drawings by Rembrandt and his Contemporaries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/20/1988 - 04/03/1988; The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, 04/15/1988 - 05/29/1988

Rembrandt's Landscapes: Drawings and Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 03/11/1990 - 05/20/1990

Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 01/22/1992 - 04/22/1992; Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 02/23/1991 - 04/18/1991; Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 05/16/1991 - 06/30/1991; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/10/1992 - 12/06/1992

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings from 1480 to 1940, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/25/2000 - 07/02/2000

Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/22/2003 - 07/06/2003; British Museum, London, 06/13/2002 - 09/22/2002; Institut Néerlandais, Paris, 10/10/2002 - 12/08/2002

Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 09/09/2006 - 12/10/2006

Drawings by Rembrandt, his Students and Circle from the Collection of Maida and George Abrams, Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich, 09/24/2011 - 01/08/2012

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