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Jan Josefsz van Goyen

Study of cottages and boats with figures

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Jan Josefsz van Goyen

Leiden 1596 - 1656 The Hague

Study of cottages and boats with figures

Black chalk

115 by 225 mm

General George Catchmade Morgan,
thence by descent to his daughter, Sophia Pollard;
with P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, in 1976;
sale, London, Christie’s, 11 December 1979, lot 281;
with David Koetser, Zurich,
from whom acquired, in 1991, by the father of the present owner
H.-U. Beck, Jan van Goyen 1596-1656, vol. III, supplement, Doornspijk 1987, p. 118, cat. no. 844A/24, reproduced p. 120;
C.P. van Eeghen, 'Jan van Goyen's Early Chalk Landscapes from Two Albums,' in Master Drawings, XXXV, no. 2 (Summer 1997), pp. 159, 163, fig. 14, p. 179, n. 8

This sketch originates from an album known as the Catchmade Morgan Album which, when Dr. Beck studied it in 1977, contained some 67 chalk drawings, mounted and bound together, prior to the album being broken up around 1978. Dr. Beck accepted the drawings that he saw in the Catchmade Morgan Album as original works by Van Goyen, dating them to around 1627-29, but rejected a further 9 sheets which had already been removed from the album by that time. More recently, though, C.P. van Eeghen has proposed that all the drawings originally contained in the album were in fact by Van Goyen, those rejected by Beck being the earliest known chalk studies by the artist, dating from around 1623-4, and the others being slightly later in date, but in any case executed no later than 1626-7. 

As Beck noted (loc. cit.), the location seen in the present sketch also appears, though from a fractionally different viewpoint, in a watercolour drawing in The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, which is dated 1626.1

Beck and van Eeghen agree that the drawings in this group represent views near Leiden, where Van Goyen was living at the time.

See also the following lot.

1. Inv. no. 5951; H.-U. Beck, Jan van Goyen 1596-1656, vol. I, Amsterdam 1972, p. 22, cat. no. 57