Lot 136
  • 136

Jan Asselijn

25,000 - 35,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Jan Asselyn
  • An italianate landscape with peasants and animals fording a river
  • signed in monogram lower left: JA (in compendium)
  • oil on oak panel


Probably anonymous sale, Amsterdam, de Winter/Yver, 26 July 1775, lot 4 (to Wubbels);
The 4th Duke of Cleveland, Battle Abbey;
His (deceased) sale, London, Christie's, 8 March 1902, lot 1, for £8.18.6d to Robinson;
Dr. Schaffer, Berlin, 1927;
With Johnny van Haeften, London 1983–84, from whom bought by the father of the present owner.


Newcastle, Laing Art Gallery, Dutch Landscape Painting, 12 October – 3 December 1983, no. 16;
London, Johnny van Haeften, Catalogue Two, 1983–84, no. 1;
Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, 28 August – 17 November 1991, Utrecht, Centraal Museum, 6 December 1991 – 9 February 1992, I Bamboccianti. Niederlandische Malerrebellen im Rom des Barock, I, no. 1.4.


D.V. Flemming, 'Vorschau auf die Pictura', in Weltkunst, 4, February 1983, p. 419, reproduced;
C. Wright, in Dutch Landscape Painting, exhibition catalogue, Newcastle 1983, p. 32, no. 16, reproduced p. 33;
A.C. Steland-Stief, Jan Asselijn, Amsterdam 1971, pp. 52–53, 149, no. 153, reproduced plate xix;
A.C. Steland-Stief, in I Bamboccianti. Niederlandische Malerrebellen im Rom des Barock, exhibition catalogue, Milan 1991, p. 121, cat. no. 1.4, reproduced in colour p. 120;
E. v[on] W[atzdorf], in E. Mai (ed.), Das Kabinett des Sammlers, Cologne 1993, pp. 74–75, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

Asselijn was in Italy from the end of 1635 or early in 1636 until 1644/5, when he travelled back via Lyon and Paris to The Netherlands, which he reached by 1647. Anne-Charlotte Steland dates this work circa 1640–41, noting the manifest influence of Claude Lorrain, but given the oak support it is perhaps more likely to be later than that. Ironically, the false date 1646 that was removed upon cleaning in 1983 may have recorded the actual dating.