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Gallery Text

Cuyp specialized in depictions of cattle, equestrian scenes, and views of shipping near his native Dordrecht. Suffused with golden sunlight, his mature paintings convey a serene, idyllic mood unequaled by any other Dutch master. Most of his drawings depict landscapes and, like this work, are fully resolved, autonomous compositions, often elaborated in refined combinations of washes, watercolors, and, in darker passages, a coating of gum arabic to deepen the shadows. Rising above the low-lying region across the Rhine River and punctuated by the tower of the late Gothic church of Saint Cunera, the picturesque silhouette of Rhenen and its medieval walls and gates were a favorite motif for Dutch landscapists.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
1949.33
People
Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch (Dordrecht, Netherlands 1620 - 1691 Dordrecht, Netherlands)
Title
View of Rhenen
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1642-46
Culture
Dutch
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black chalk, brown and gray wash, green transparent watercolor, white opaque watercolor, and touches of gum arabic on off-white antique laid paper
Dimensions
17.8 x 49.8 cm (7 x 19 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, left center, graphite: de Stad Rheenen
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: Kuyp
  • inscription: verso, right center, brown ink: =2:15
  • watermark:
    Fragment of a crown, probably from atop a Strasbourg Lily; variant of Churchill 427 (1645)
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 5 5
Provenance
Dr. H. Wellesley, Oxford (without his mark, L. 1384), sold; [Sotheby’s, London, 25 June 1866 and following days, lot 367]; to [P. & D. Colnaghi, London], sold; to Henry Adams, Boston and London, 1867, by descent; to Mrs. Arthur Adams, Dover, MA.[Schaeffer Galleries, New York], sold; to John S. Newberry, Jr., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI; Gift of John S. Newberry, Jr., given in honor of Paul J. Sachs's 70th Birthday, inv. no. 1949.33.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of John S. Newberry, Jr., given in honor of Paul J. Sachs's 70th Birthday
Accession Year
1949
Object Number
1949.33
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Frits Lugt, Les Marques de Collections de Dessins et d'Estampes. Marques estampillées et écrites de collections particulières et publiques. . . ., Vereenigde Drukkerijen (Amsterdam, 1921), p. 247

Henry Adams, Letters of Henry Adams (1858-1891), ed. Worthington Chauncey Ford, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1930), vol. 1, p. 125

Seventy Master Drawings: A Loan Exhibition Arranged in Honor of Professor Paul J. Sachs on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1948-1949), cat. no. 40

Harvard Alumni Bulletin, Harvard Bulletin Inc. (Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 29, 1949), vol. 51, no. 8, repr. p. 336

Agnes Mongan, ed., One Hundred Master Drawings, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1949), pp. 94-95, repr.

Six Centuries of Great Master Drawings, exh. cat., University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA, 1951), cat. no. 76, repr.

Ernst Scheyer, "Henry Adams as a Collector of Art", The Art Quarterly (Autumn 1952), vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 221-33, pp. 223, 225, 232 (n. 9), repr. p. 229, fig. 1

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, checklist, Unpublished (1954), cat. no. 67, p. 16

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY, 1967), cat. no. 10, n.p.

Fogg Art Museum Acquisitions, 1969-1970, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1971), p. 6

Curtis O. Baer, ed., Seventeenth Century Dutch Landscape Drawings and Selected Prints from American Collections, exh. cat., Vassar College Art Gallery (Poughkeepsie, NY, 1976), cat. no. 50, pp. 68-69, and under cat, no. 46, p. 64

Dordrechts Museum, Aelbert Cuyp en zijn familie, schilders te Dordrecht: Gerrit Gerritsz. Cuyp, Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp, Benjamin Gerritsz. Cuyp, Aelbert Cuyp, exh. cat., Dordrechts Museum (Dordrecht, 1977), under cat. no. 43, p. 118, (n. 4)

Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, "Jan van Goyen in the Corcoran: Exemplars of Dutch Naturalism", The William A. Clark Collection, ed. Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., 1978), pp.55 and 59 (n. 13), repr. p. 54, fig. 44

Konrad Oberhuber, European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo, 1979), cat. no. 53, n.p., repr. pl. 53

The Draughtsman at Work. Drawing in the Golden Century of Dutch Art, checklist (unpublished, 1980), no. 28

H. P. Deys, Achter Berg en Rijn over boeren, burgers en buitenlui in Rhenen, Stichting "Gebroken Lente" (Rhenen, Netherlands, 1981), no. 95, p. 37, repr.

Henry B. Adams, The Letters of Henry Adams, ed. J. C. Levenson, Eleanor Pearre Abbot, and Jayne N. Samuels, Belknap Press (Cambridge, MA, 1982 - 1988), p. 527 (n. 2)

Peter C. Sutton, A Guide to Dutch Art in America, Netherlands-American Amity Trust and Eerdmans (Washington, D.C. and Grand Rapids, MI, 1986), p. 39

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), cat. no. 272, p. 233, 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. 22, p. 89, repr., and repr. color, p. 33, fig. 22

Clifford S. Ackley, From Michelangelo to Rembrandt: Master Drawings from the Teyler Museum, exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library (New York, NY, 1989), under cat. no. 86, pp. 133-34 (n. 2)

Paul Huys Janssen and Peter C. Sutton, The Hoogsteder Exhibition of Dutch Landscapes, exh. cat., Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder and Waanders Uitgevers (The Hague; Zwolle, 1991), under cat. no. 8, p. 62

Michiel C. Plomp, The Dutch drawings in the Teylers Museum, Snoeck Ducaju and Davaco (Ghent and Doornspijk, 1997), under cat. no. 98, p. 117

Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., Aelbert Cuyp, exh. cat., ed. Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., 2001), cat. no. 73, p. 241, repr. (color)

An Exhibition of Master Drawings, auct. cat., P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. (London, England, 2001), under cat. no. 18, n.p.

Old Master Drawings, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (New York, NY, January 24, 2001), under lot 160, p. 192

Laurens Schoemaker and H. P. Deys, Tegen de Helling van de Heuvelrug: Rhenen in oude tekeningen 1600-1900, Uitgeverij Matrijs (Utrecht, 2007), no. 13, p. 52, repr. and under cat. no. 14, p. 53, under cat. no. 18, p. 56, under cat. no. 44, p. 78, and p. 271

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, 23; cat. no. 22, pp. 91-93, repr. p. 92 (foldout); watermark p. 375

Franklin Einspruch, Fuse Visual Art Review: A Pair of Drawing Shows at the Harvard Art Museums, The Arts Fuse ([e-journal], June 9, 2016), http://artsfuse.org/146319/fuse-visual-arts-review-a-pair-of-drawing-shows-at-the-harvard-art-museums/, accessed June 9, 2016

Exhibition History

Seventy Master Drawings: A Loan Exhibition arranged in honor of Professor Paul J. Sachs on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/01/1948 - 12/31/1949

Six Centuries of Master Drawings, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 05/01/1951 - 09/01/1951

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

Landscapes, Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, 01/01/1959 - 12/31/1959

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 05/08/1967 - 06/11/1967

Seventeenth Century Dutch Landscape Drawings and Selected Prints from American Collections, Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, 03/28/1976 - 05/07/1976

European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11/03/1979 - 12/16/1979

The Draughtsman at Work. Drawing in the Golden Century of Dutch Art, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 11/21/1980 - 01/04/1981

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

Aelbert Cuyp, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 10/07/2001 - 01/13/2002

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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