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Gallery Text

This work is one of 8 drawings and 97 prints preserved in an album in a plain vellum binding, probably of the 17th century. Five of the drawings, including View of Over Muelen, served as models for engravings in a series of 24 plates by Hans Collaert I — Views of the Environs of Brussels — a complete set of which is bound in the volume. Like the two suites of prints of 1559 and 1561 known as the “Small Landscapes,” which depict sites in the countryside outside Antwerp, the Views of the Environs of Brussels represents suburban villages, castles, and abbeys in an intimate, naturalistic manner based on studies from life. The draftsman of these views is unidentified, but he probably belonged to the circle of Hans Bol.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Follower of Hans Bol, Netherlandish (Mechelen, Belgium 1534 - 1593 Amsterdam, Netherlands)
View of Over Muelen
Work Type
album page, drawing
c. 1575-80
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink and gray, rose, and yellow wash over black chalk, incised, on cream antique laid paper, inside framing line in black chalk at top, right and partially at bottom, outside framing line in brown ink at top, right and bottom; verso: long lines in brown ink and rubbed with black chalk
14.5 x 21.5 cm (5 11/16 x 8 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: illegible
[Christie's, Amsterdam, 30 November 1987, lot 6, repr.] sold; to Vermeer Associates, Ltd, Brampton, Ontario, sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1993; The Kate, Maurice R. and Melvin R. Seiden Purchase Fund and Richard Norton Memorial Fund, 1993.170
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Kate, Maurice R. and Melvin R. Seiden Purchase Fund and Richard Norton Memorial Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Heinrich Gerhard Franz, "Hans Bol (1534 - 1593); Entwurfs-Zeichnungen zur grossen Landschaftsfolge von 1562", Die Weltkunst (January 15, 1988), vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 100-104, pp. 103-104, repr. p. 104, fig. 12

Walter S. Gibson, "Pleasant Places": Some Dutch Landscape Drawings in the Clevland Museum of Art and Their Antecedents, Drawing (July-August 1990), vol. xii, no. 2, pp. 25-29, pp. 28-29 (n. 12)

Kristina Hartzer Nguyen, The Made Landscape: City and Country in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Prints, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, Fall 1992), p. 15

F. W. H. Hollstein, The New Hollstein : Dutch & Flemish etchings, engravings, and woodcuts, 1450-1700, Koninklijke van Poll, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, and Sound + Vision Publishers (Roosendall, Rotterdam, and Ouderkerk aan den IJssel, 1993 - ongoing), vol. 15 (The Collaert Dynasty, compiled by Ann Diels and Marjolein Leesberg, 2005-2006), part 5, under no. 1229, p. 216; incorrect citation, should be under no. 1249, p. 216.

Véronique Van de Kerckhof, Helena Bussers, and Véronique Bücken, Le peintre et l'arpenteur: Images de Bruxelles et de l'ancien duché de Brabant, exh. cat., La Renaissance du Livre (Tournai, 2000), pp. 52-53 and p. 57 (n. 62)

Walter S. Gibson, Pleasant Places: The Rustic Landscape from Bruegel to Ruisdael, University of California Press (Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA and London, 2000), p. 25, repr. fig. 37, and p. 185, n. 72

Ann Diels, De Familie Collaert (ca. 1555-1630) en de Prentkunst in Antwerpen, Archief- en Bibliotheekwezen in Belgie¨/Archives et Bibliothe`ques de Belgique (Brussels, 2010), p. 132 (n.474)

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, 533

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. 11, pp. 58-60, repr. p. 59

Exhibition History

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

Related Works

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