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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jacob van Ruisdael, Dutch (Haarlem 1628/29 - 1682 Amsterdam)
Riverbank with Cottages, a Drawbridge, and Two Towers
Other Titles
Alternate Title: River Landscape
Work Type
17th century
Physical Descriptions
Black chalk on beige antique laid paper, framing line in brown ink and partial framing line in black chalk
14.2 x 20 cm (5 9/16 x 7 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, center right, above and below the "x," in very faint graphite: [indecipherable]
  • watermark: none
  • inscription: Verso, lower left, graphite: cnn (?)
  • inscription: Verso, bottom center, black chalk: Ruysdael fec [?]
  • collector's mark: verso, lower right, blue ink: M G A [in monogram] [Lugt 3306, mark of Maida and George Abrams]
Private collection, Switzerland. [Claude Kuhn, Basel], sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston (Lugt 3306), 1992
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Promised Gift
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Seymour Slive, Jacob van Ruisdael: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, Drawings and Etchings, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2001), cat. no. D28, 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), pp. 164-165, cat. no. 69, repr. p. 165

Exhibition History

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

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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