This well-preserved picture is one of a number that Van Ruysdael painted in Haarlem about 1650, following Jan van Goyen's somewhat earlier example. The sailboat flying the Dutch flag is a "schouw," a shallow-draft vessel used to ship goods and carry occasional passengers on inland water-ways.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right, on plank): SvR [vR in monogram]·1650
Maximilian I, King of Bavaria (until d. 1825; inv., n.d.?, no. 126; sale, Munich, December 5, 1826, no. 6, for 266 florins); Dr. Rinecker, Würzburg (until 1868; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 30, 1868, no. 48, for Fr 1,100 to Reiset); comte Cornet de Ways Ruart, Brussels (until d. 1870); [Étienne Le Roy, Brussels, and Léon Gauchez, Paris, 1870]; William T. Blodgett, Paris (from 1870; sold half share to Johnston); William T. Blodgett, Paris, and John Taylor Johnston, New York (1870–71; sold to MMA)
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Artist: Attributed to Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch, Naarden, born ca. 1600–1603, died 1670 Haarlem)Date: 17th centuryMedium: Black chalk and gray wash, pen and black ink. Framing line in pen & black ink.Accession: 1994.290On view in:Not on view
Artist: Attributed to Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch, Naarden, born ca. 1600–1603, died 1670 Haarlem)Date: 17th centuryMedium: Black chalk, brush and gray wash, some black and brown ink. Traces of framing line in pen & brown ink.Accession: 1972.118.288On view in:Not on view