Van Everdingen’s trip to several Scandinavian countries in 1644 had a profound influence on his art. Thereafter northern topographical motifs such as rugged mountains, rushing waters, and giant fir trees silhouetted against variable skies populated the majority of his works. The diminutive figures in the foreground and ascending the hill to the left are almost imperceptible in the muted coloration of this painting. Don’t overlook the active woodmill on the distant shore of the river! Van Everdingen settled in Amsterdam in 1652, where he became friendly with the great landscape painter Jacob van Ruisdael.
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- Titles A Mountainous River Landscape with Travellers (Descriptive)
- Artist Allart van Everdingen, Dutch, Alkmaar 1621 - 1675 Amsterdam
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 32 1/2 × 43 7/16 in. (82.5 × 110.4 cm) frame: 42 3/4 × 53 1/2 × 2 3/4 in. (108.6 × 135.9 × 7 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the European Art Society, 2011.4
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Signature None
- Marks None
- Inscription Verso, upper stretcher bar, top left, tacking paper, graphite: 18 [or 81] Verso, upper stretcher bar, top left, typed label: 9599/KADD / Landskap. / A. EVERDINGEN. Verso, upper stretcher bar, top left, typed label with red boarder: Fotografi / nrl067 Verso, upper stretcher bar, center right, graphite on sticker: 10 Verso, vertical strainer, top, typed label: MARQUIS OF ZETLAND Verso, vertical strainer, top, black crayon: 1583 / T [or 1883] Verso, horizontal strainer, center left, white chalk: DAN [illegible] 31 - 47
- Provenance Lawrence Dundas (1844-1929), 1st Marquess of Zetland, Aske, Richmond, possibly after 1862, by 1895, until at least 1908 [see note 1]; inherited by his son, Lawrence John Lumley Dundas (1876-1961), 2nd Marquess of Zetland, Aske, Richmond; auctioned at Ancient and modern pictures and drawings, Christie’s London, January 31, 1947, lot 14 [see note 2]; purchased by “Bernard” [see note 3]. Private collection, United Kingdom; auctioned at Old Master Paintings: Day Sale, Sotheby’s London, December 8, 2005, lot 274; purchased by dealer Jack Kilgore, New York, on joint account with Otto Naumann and Bob Haboldt; purchased by the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 2011
1. A label on the stretcher reads: Marquis of Zetland. A 1862 inventory of Aske Hall does not list our painting (email from North Yorkshire archive dated Aug. 23, 2018). The 1895 inventory of paintings at Aske compiled by Thomas Hood lists 2011.4 as no. 2. Hofstede de Groot’s notecard at the RKD confirms that painting is still at Aske in June 1908, as Alice Davies kindly communicated via email dated August 29, 2018.
2. Described as: “A Hilly River Scene, with Horseman on a Road.” Recorded as in this sale by Hofstede de Groot, his notecard # 1153775 (RKD).
3. The buyer is recorded as "Bernard" in Christie's records. See object file. Annotated auction catalog at the National Gallery, D.C. records the buyer as "Barnard," which may have been dealer Craddock & Barnard.