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The Monterberg Seen from Kalkar

Lambert Doomer (Dutch, Amsterdam 1624–1700 Amsterdam)
ca. early 1670s
Pen and brown ink, brush and washes in brownish, grayish and greenish tints, on ledger paper with two horizontal red lines printed near the upper border.
9 5/16 x 16 1/16 in. (23.6 x 40.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
A pupil of Rembrandt, Lambert Doomer traveled extensively sketching his native landscapes. The Lehman sheet is one of a large number of highly finished drawings, all in the same technique (many also on ledger paper), made from rough sketches in Doomer’s Amsterdam studio in the early 1670s. It is in the airy execution of the preliminary sketches that one detects a greater proximity to Rembrandt. The Monterberg is one of the hills bordering the west side of the Rhine Valley just across the present Dutch/German border. A picturesque setting popular among artists – including Aelbert Cuyp – the hilltop castle in ruins belonged to the noble family of Cleves.
Marking: Watermark: bunch of grapes
Annotated on the verso in pen and brown ink, probably in the eighteenth century: "de Monferen bergh / van Kalkar aftezien"; and by a later hand in pen and brown ink: "Le Mont montferland / vu de Calcar."
Jeronimus Tonneman, Amsterdam (possibly from the estate of the artist); Tonneman sale, Amsterdam, 21 October 1754, album T, lot 3 (to Woortman); Bernardus Hagelis, Amsterdam; Hagelis sale, Amsterdam, 8 March 1762, lot 1066; Hendrik Busserus, Amsterdam; Busserus sale, Amsterdam, 21 October 1782, album 14, lot 861; Jan Gildemeester, Amsterdam; Gildemeester sale, Amsterdam, 11 November 1800, album 1, lot 31 (to Helmont); possibly Jacobus Lauwers, Amsterdam; Lauwers sale, Amsterdam, 13 December 1802, album D, lot 27 (to Dirk Versteegh); Henri Duval, Liège; Duval sale, F. Muller, Amsterdam, 22-23 June 1910, lot 97; Cornelis Hofstede de Groot, The Hague (Lugt 561 on the verso); Hofstede de Groot sale, C.G. Boerner, Leipzig, 4 November 1931, lot 68 (to Nebehay); Henry S. Reitlinger, London, Reitlinger sale, Sotheby's, London 22-23 June 1954, lot 643, ill. (to Leonard for Lehman).
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