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Gallery Text

Avercamp was the first Dutch painter to specialize in winter scenes and the first to produce a large oeuvre of finished watercolors intended for sale to collectors. The taste for colored drawings in the northern Netherlands was introduced by immigrant artists from the southern Netherlands, including Hans Bol, who had settled in Amsterdam before Avercamp studied there during the first decade of the 17th century. This winter landscape is a rare work on paper that has remained in its 17th-century frame.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
2014.409
People
Hendrick Barentsz. Avercamp, Dutch (Amsterdam, Netherlands 1585 - 1634 Kampen, Netherlands)
Title
A Winter Landscape
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
late 1620s
Culture
Dutch
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Brown and black ink, transparent and opaque watercolor, and gray wash over graphite on two sheets of antique laid paper, the secondary sheet extending 10 mm below the primary one at the bottom, partial framing line in graphite, mounted overall
Dimensions
18.2 x 28.7 cm (7 3/16 x 11 5/16 in.)
framed: 25.4 x 35.9 cm (10 x 14 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: lower right, gray wash: HA [in ligature]
  • watermark: none visible
Provenance
E. J. Dorhout Mees, Haarlem, by descent; to Mrs. E. J. Dorhout Mees, Aerdenhout. [Christie’s, Amsterdam, 15 November 1983, lot 30] sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston (without their mark, L. 3306); Gift of George Abrams, in appreciation of Charles J. Egan, Jr., Harvard Class of 1954; Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Gift of George Abrams in appreciation of Charles J. Egan, Jr., Harvard Class of 1954
Accession Year
2014
Object Number
2014.409
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Beeldende Kunst, ed. H. P. Bremmer, vol. 3, no. 1, 1915, no. 5, n.p., repr.

Clara Johanna Welcker, Hendrick en Barent Averkamp, schilders tot Campen, Davaco Publishers (Doornspijk, The Netherlands, 1979), cat. no. T 7, p. 253

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. 25, pp. 68-69, and p. 10, repr.

Ger Luijten, ed., Dawn of the golden age: northern Netherlandish art, 1580-1620, exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Waanders Uitgevers (Amsterdam and Zwolle, 1993), under cat. no. 307, p. 637 (n. 1)

Marijn Schapelhouman and Peter Schatborn, Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: Artists born between 1580 and 1600, Rijksmuseum and Merrel Holberton (Amsterdam and London, 1998), under cat. no. 15, pp. 8-9 (n. 1)

Ger Luijten and Jan Piet Filedt Kok, The Glory of the Golden Age: Drawings and Prints, exh. cat., Waanders Uitgevers (Zwolle, 2000), p. 121, repr. fig. 1

Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., Aelbert Cuyp, exh. cat., ed. Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 84 (n. 12)

Michiel C. Plomp, Hartstochtelijk Verzameld: 18de-eeuwse Hollandse verzamelaars van tekeningen en hun collecties, Fondation Custodia (Paris, France, 2001), p. 99 (n. 96), repr. p. 100, fig. 78

Michiel C. Plomp and Eric Domela Nieuwenhuis, De verzamelingen van het Centraal Museum Utrecht. 7. Werken op papier tot 1850, ed. Liesbeth M. Helmus, Centraal Museum Utrecht (Utrecht, 2004), under cat. nos. 4A and 4B, p. 59 (n. 6)

Stefaan Hautekeete, ed., Tekeningen uit Nederlands Gouden Eeuw in de Verzameling van Jean de Grez, exh. cat., Uitgeverij Snoeck (Ghent, 2007), under cat. no. 18, p. 64 (n. 5)

Pieter Roelofs, Hendrick Avercamp: Master of the Ice Scene, exh. cat., Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam & Nieuw Amsterdam (Amsterdam, 2009), p. 127

Stijn Alsteens, [Review] William W. Robinson, with Susan Anderson, "Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums", Master Drawings (Winter 2015), LIII, no. 4, pp. 531-534, pp. 531, 532

William W. Robinson and Susan Anderson, Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2016), cat. no. 1, pp. 28-30, repr. p. 29 and p. 30 (with frame) as fig. 2

Exhibition History

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

Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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