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The son of a successful cabinetmaker, Doomer enjoyed a comfortable income that enabled him to practice his art as an amateur, albeit a talented and productive one. In addition to paintings, more than four hundred of his drawings survive; most are landscapes that represent sites in France, Germany, Central Europe, and the Netherlands. His works of this type responded to Dutch collectors’ avid interest in topographical images. A few drawings feature motifs, such as the unpretentious cottage depicted in this work, that seem too commonplace to have figured in a collection of topographically significant material. Singled out by several authorities as a surpassing example of Doomer’s draftsmanship, Cottage with a Bleaching Yard probably dates from the early 1660s. Its composition and technique are comparable to those of landscapes executed in 1663 during the artist’s trip to the eastern Netherlands and the Rhineland.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Lambert Doomer, Dutch (Amsterdam, Netherlands 1624 - 1700 Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Cottage with a Bleaching Yard
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink, brown wash and gray wash mixed with white opaque watercolor over graphite on off-white antique laid paper, framing line in brown ink
22.7 x 36.1 cm (8 15/16 x 14 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: f r:v:-
  • inscription: verso, center, brown ink: 1283 [underlined]
  • inscription: verso, lower right, red pastel: 3
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: H van Domer geb 1647.
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: 130.
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, purple ink, stamp: L. 2879 (Max von Heyl zu Herrnsheim)
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: ...FP6 [? erased, illegible]
  • watermark: none
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, brown ink, stamp: L. 561 (Cornelis Hofstede de Groot)
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: Inv. 206
De Bèze, sold; [Pierre Remy, Paris, 3 April 1775 and following days, lot 226]; to Sr. Yver. R. Pott, sold; [A.J. Lamme, Rotterdam, 11 October 1855 and following days, kunstboek 3, lot 61]; to D. Vis Blokhuyzen, Rotterdam, sold; [Lamme, Rotterdam, 23 October 1871 and following days, lot 160; to Linnig (possibly Jos. Linnig). Freiherr Max von Heyl zu Herrnsheim, Darmstadt (L. 2879, verso, lower left) sold; [H. G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 25-26 May 1903, lot 118]; to Cornelis Hofstede de Groot, The Hague (L. 561, verso, lower left), sold; [C. G. Boerner, Leipzig, 4 November 1931, lot 81, repr. pl. 7.]; to [P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd., London], sold; to Philip and Frances L. Hofer, Cambridge (L. 2087a, without his mark); bequest of Frances L. Hofer, 1979.51.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Frances L. Hofer
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Tentoonstelling van Teekeningen van Oud-Nederlandsche Meesters, exh. cat., Vereeniging die Laecken-Halle te Leiden (Leiden, 7-28 October 1903), cat. no. 89, p. 5

Abraham Bredius, "Lambert Doomer (1622-1700)", Revue de l'art ancien et moderne (December 1910), vol. 28, no. 165, pp. 401-418, repr. p. 409

Tentoonstelling in Het Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal te Leiden, van Teekeningen van Hollandsche Meesters uit de Verzameling van Dr. C. Hofstede de Groot, exh. cat., Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal (Leiden, 12 May - 14 June 1916), cat. no. 41, n.p.

Otto Hirschmann, "Die Handzeichnungen-Sammlung Dr. Hofstede de Groot im Haag. III. (Schluss) Die Rembrandt-Schüler", Der Cicerone (June 1917), vol. 9, no. 11/12, pp. 199-211, p. 206

Felix Becker, Handzeichnungen höllandischer Meister aus der Sammlung Dr. C. Hofstede de Groot. Neue Folge., Bernhard Tauchnitz (Leipzig, Germany, 1923), cat. no. 8 (n.s.), pp. 7-8, and p. 13, repr. pl. 8

Verzameling Dr. C. Hofstede de Groot, exh. cat., Gemeentemuseum (The Hague, 16 August - 16 September 1930), cat. no. 42, p. 10

Erhard Göpel, "Der Sammler Hofstede de Groot", Kunst und Künstler (February 1931), vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 195-202, repr. p. 201

Winslow Ames, Drawings: Fourth Anniversary Exhibition, exh. cat., Lyman Allyn Museum (New London, CT, 1936), cat. no. 82

Hans Tietze, European Master Drawings in the United States, J. J. Augustin, Inc. (New York, NY, 1947), cat. no. 76, pp. 152-53, repr.

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, checklist, Unpublished (1954), cat. no. 74, p. 17

Wolfgang Schulz, "Lambert Doomer 1624-1700 Leben und Werke" (Thesis, University of Berlin?, 1972), Unpublished, vol. 1, pp. 49 and 147 (n. 262); vol. 2, cat. no. 32, p. 227

Wolfgang Schulz, Lambert Doomer: Sämtliche Zeichnungen, Walter de Gruyter and Co. (Berlin, Germany and New York, NY, 1974), cat. no. 30, p. 44, and pp. 20-21, repr. fig. 17

Werner Sumowski, Drawings of the Rembrandt School, ed. Walter Strauss, Abaris Books (New York, NY, 1979), vol. 2, cat. no. 490x, pp. 1046-1047, repr.

William W. Robinson, "[Review] Werner Sumoski: Drawings of the Rembrandt School, vols. 1-3", Master Drawings (Autumn 1982), vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 280-285, p. 285

Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum Annual Report, 1978-1980 (Cambridge, MA, 1982), p. 121

Eunice Williams, Master Drawings and Watercolors: The Hofer Collection, exh. cat., ed. Konrad Oberhuber and William W. Robinson, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1984), cat. no. 16, pp. 27-28, and p. 10, repr. p. 91

Matthias Waschek, Marjorie B. Cohn, Judith Mann, and Stephan Wolohojian, Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, exh. cat., Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, 2008), cat. no. 36, p. 36, repr. pp. 34-35

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), p. 17; cat. no. 24, pp. 98-100, repr. p. 99

Exhibition History

Fourth Anniversary Exhibition; Drawings, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, 03/02/1936 - 04/15/1936

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/01/1954 - 04/30/1954

Master Drawings and Watercolors: The Hofer Collection, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, 04/15/1984 - 07/07/1984; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/05/1984 - 11/29/1984

Rembrandt and His School: Drawings from the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen Rotterdam, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 12/02/1989 - 01/28/1990

Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 10/24/2008 - 10/03/2009

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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