Like lot 85, this rapidly drawn study of a boat pulled up on a river bank in front of a shed is a characteristic example of the sketches from nature that Van Goyen made throughout his life. Other sheets, similar in size and character to this and possibly originally from the same sketchbook, are in Edinburgh, Windsor and Cambridge.1 Dr. Beck dates these drawings to the mid 1640s.
1 H.-U. Beck, Jan van Goyen, Amsterdam 1972, vol. I, nos. 693, 696 and 697
Attached to backing in the lower corners. Overall condition good and fresh. A little very light foxing and surface dirt, but chalk good and strong. Sold in a gilded frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."