11 July 2001
Jan Josefsz. van Goyen (Leiden 1596-1656 The Hague)
An estuary with passengers in a ferry, a kaag and other shipping by a mudflat, a village beyond
signed with initials and dated 'VG 1650' (lower right, on the boat)
oil on panel
13 7/8 x 22¼ in. (35.2 x 56.5 cm.)
Arthur Kay, Glasgow.
with Thomas Agnew and Sons, London.
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C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné, etc., VIII, London, 1927, p. 256, no. 1032 (with incorrect measurements and no mention of the signature).
H.-U. Beck, Jan van Goyen, Amsterdam, 1973, II, p. 413, no. 917.
Arthur Kay was a distinguished Glaswegian collector of Dutch Old Master pictures. His collection, amassed mainly in the late-nineteenth century, included Pieter Saenraedam's Buurkerk at Utrecht, which Kay presented in 1902 to the National Gallery, London, and his Grote Kerke, Haarlem, also now in the National Gallery. He was, in particular, an avid collector of works by Van Goyen; Beck (op. cit.) lists no fewer than seventeen, including the present picture, that were owned by Kay.
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Please note the additional provenance:
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner in circa 1920.
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