Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
ANTHONIE JANSZ. VAN DER CROOS
Alkmaar 1606 - 1663 The Hague
Landscape with view of Leiden
signed and dated center right: AV. Croos F. 1651 (AV in ligature)
oil on panel
36.5 x 46.5 cm.; 14⅜ x 18¼ in.
The panel is cradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. An old, vertical split or join runs the height of the panel through the centre. The wood grain of the panel runs vertically. The brushwork, particularly in the foliage, tree branches and trunks, is very well preserved. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals scattered, pin-prick and small retouchings in the sky, and a few in the leaves of the trees, as well as scattered in the foreground. There is a fine line of retouching along the aforementioned join or split. In overall good condition. Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame in good condition.
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With Sam Nystad, The Hague, by 1955;
F.C. Butôt, Sankt Gilgen, Austria, from whom acquired in circa 1980.
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Nederlandse landschappen uit de 17e eeuw, July – August 1963, no. 18;
Salzburg / Münster 1972–1973, unnumbered;
Rotterdam 1973, unnumbered.
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Dordrechts Museum, Nederlandse landschappen uit de 17e eeuw, exh. cat., Dordrecht 1963, cat. no. 18, reproduced fig. 51;
L.J. Bol, Holländische Maler des 17. Jahrhunderts nahe den großen Meistern. Landschaften und Stilleben, Brunswick 1969, p. 182, reproduced p. 181, fig. 173;
Salzburg / Münster 1972–1973, p. 32;
Rotterdam 1973, p. 32–33, reproduced p. 33;
L.J. Bol, Holländische Maler des 17. Jahrhunderts nahe den grossen Meistern: Landschaften und Stilleben, Munich 1982, p. 171, reproduced fig. 161;
H.-U. Beck, Künstler um Jan van Goyen, Doornspijk 1991, p. 87, cat. no. 186, fig. A37;
Raupp 2001, pp. 54–57, cat. no. 8, reproduced in colour p. 55.
Another view of Leiden by Anthonie Jansz. van der Croos is in the collection of the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.(1) The Louisville view is taken from the same direction, only nearer to the town's edge – the artist must have been positioned just a stone's throw from the front of the pitch-roofed mansion, visible in the present work just through the trees at the left. The Louisville picture is also on panel, but of larger dimensions (65.8 × 95.8 cm.) and dated 1649, two years prior to the Rusche view of Leiden. The skyline of Leiden in both pictures is directly comparable, the distances between the landmarks accurately adjusted in accordance with the artist's slightly different viewpoint.
1 Inv. no. 1989.13.