Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Wesel circa 1607 - after 1693 Bergen-op-Zoom (?)
RIVER LANDSCAPE WITH A TOWER ON THE BANK
signed lower left by the quay: WK
oil on oak panel
unframed: 34.4 x 58.3 cm.; 13⅞ 22⅞ in.
framed: 57 x 80.5 cm.; 20½ x 31¾ in.
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The bevelled panel in uncradeled, flat and stable. There is a repaired horizontal split which runs the length of the panel across the center. This is visible from the front under raking light, as well as associated visible retouching along it. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish clear and even. The paint in the sky has thinned slightly. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the aforementioned retouching, and reveals further fine lines and spots in the sky, mostly along the horizontal grain of the panel. There are also fine lines scattered in the water, and along the margins, and a more concentrated spot of retouching just left of the tower in the sky. In overall fairly good condition.
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Private collection, France (an old inscription on the reverse: ‘Cabinet de M[...]’, as Jan van Goyen, 1620);
Thomas Jefferson Bryan (1802–70), New York;
By whom donated to the New York Historical Society, New York, 1867;
Their sale, New York, Sotheby's, 9 October 1980, lot 30 (as Frans de Hulst);
Anonymous sale, Cologne, Lempertz, 23 November 1983, lot 1552, when acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 20.
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Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of the New York Historical Society, New York 1915, cat. no. 119 (as Jan van Goyen);
H.-U. Beck, Künstler um Jan van Goyen, Doornspijk 1991, p. 249, cat. no. 681 C2, reproduced;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 3, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2001, pp. 124–27, cat. no. 27, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 46, cat. no. 20, reproduced in colour.
Wouter Knijff became a member of the Haarlem Guild of Saint Luke in 1640. He was a follower of Jan van Goyen, whose influence is clear in the present work - the tonal depiction of the landscape and water, and the subject of the tower beside a river, favoured by both artists. Knijff clearly fulfilled demand for both topographically accurate and imaginary views.