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Jan Lievens (Leiden 1607-1674 Amsterdam)
Jan Lievens (Leiden 1607-1674 Amsterdam)

A country house with a grand gateway beside a stream

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Jan Lievens (Leiden 1607-1674 Amsterdam)
A country house with a grand gateway beside a stream
point of the brush and brown ink, touches of pen and brown ink, brown wash, watermark foolscap
8 1/8 x 12 3/8 in. (20.6 x 31.5 cm.)
Provenance
Unidentified collector's inscriptions 'G.' and 'N. 29' (in red crayon).
L.X. Lannoy et al.; R.W.P. de Vries, Amsterdam, 19 May 1925, lot 399.
H.B., London, et al.; R.W.P. de Vries, Amsterdam, 26-27 June 1928, lot 162.
Probably purchased at the above sale by Nicolaas Beets (1878-1963), Amsterdam; from whom purchased in June 1928 by I.Q. van Regteren Altena for 350 guilders (Inventory book: '491. t. J. Lievens boerderij').
Literature
H. Schneider, Jan Lievens: sein Leben und seine Werke, Haarlem, 1932, p. 220, no. Z202 (as Lievens).
W. Bernt, Die Niederländischen Zeichner des 17. Jahrhunderts, Munich, 1958, II, no. 356 (as Leupenius).
E. Trautscholdt, 'Review: W. Bernt, Die Niederländischen Zeichner des 17. Jahrhunderts', Kunstchronik, XIV, 1961, p. 330 (as Leupenius).
H. Schneider and R.E.O. Ekkart, Jan Lievens: sein Leben und seine Werke, mit einem Supplement von R.E.O. Ekkart, Amsterdam, 1973, pp. 220 and 367, no. Z202 (as Leupenius).
W. Sumowski, Drawings of the Rembrandt School, New York, 1983, VII, no. 1746x (as Lievens).
Exhibited
Leiden, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Rembrandt als leermeester, 1956, no. 151 (as J. Leupenius; catalogue by J.N. van Wessem).
Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Paris, Fondation Custodia, and Brussels, Bibliothèque Albert 1er, Le Cabinet d’un amateur: Dessins flamands et hollandais des XVIe et XVIIe siècles d’une collection privée d’Amsterdam, 1976-77, no. 85, pl. 81 (as Lievens; catalogue by J. Giltaij).

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Lot Essay

Part of a group of landscape drawings, utilising fluid and expressive brushwork, many of which represent wooded scenes or studies of country houses and farms. The present drawing is very comparable in style to the Farm Building among Trees at Christ Church, Oxford (J. Byam Shaw, Drawings by Old Masters at Christ Church, Oxford, Oxford, 1976, I, no. 1410, II, pl. 836). Although the group was given to Lievens by Schneider, it was then for some years attributed, incorrectly, to Johannes Leupenius (circa 1646-1693) (see, for example, Bernt op. cit.). The attribution to Lievens was reinstated by Sumowski who noted that there was no plausible link to Leupenius.

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