The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Not on view
The building is an imaginary "hunting castle", the kind of picturesque retreat that appealed to busy urbanites. Van Goyen painted several similar pictures during the 1640s.
Inscription: Signed and dated (on boat): VG 1646
?Leopold II, King of Belgium; [Kleinberger, Paris and New York; sold to Friedsam]; Michael Friedsam, New York (by 1917–d. 1931)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Michael Friedsam Collection," November 15, 1932–April 9, 1933, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscape Paintings," May 14–September 30, 1934, no. 18.
San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts. "Golden Gate International Exposition," May 25–September 29, 1940, no. 187.
Dayton Art Institute. "The City by the River and the Sea: Five Centuries of Skylines," April 18–June 3, 1951, no. 28 (as "Chateau Van der Bos near Dordrecht").
Hempstead, N. Y. Hofstra College. "Metropolitan Museum Masterpieces," June 26–September 1, 1952, no. 16.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. "[title not known]," June 15–July 31, 1955, no. ?
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 2007–January 6, 2008, no catalogue.
Guy Pène du Bois. "Famous American Collections: The Collection of Mr. Michael Friedsam." Arts and Decoration 7 (June 1917), p. 402.
Wilhelm R. Valentiner in The Michael Friedsam Collection. [completed 1928], p. 20, as a good example from the artist's later period.
Hans-Ulrich Beck. Jan van Goyen, 1596–1656. Vol. 2, Katalog der Gemälde. Amsterdam, 1973, p. 88, no. 179.
Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, ed. Wadsworth Atheneum Paintings. Catalogue 1, The Netherlands and the German-speaking Countries: Fifteenth–Nineteenth Centuries. Hartford, 1978, p. 146, under no. 60, compares it to Van Goyen's "Dutch River Scene" (Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford) of 1645.
Hans-Ulrich Beck. Jan van Goyen, 1596–1656. Vol. 3, Ergänzungen zum Katalog der Handzeichnungen und Ergänzungen zum Katalog der Gemälde. Doornspijk, The Netherlands, 1987, p. 162, no. 179, ill.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 236–37, no. 52, colorpl. 52.