A Classical Landscape with Buildings by a River

Sébastien Bourdon (French, Montpellier 1616–1671 Paris)

Brush and brown wash, heightened with white, over red chalk
5 7/8 x 7 3/8 in. (14.9 x 18.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Port Royal Foundation, Inc. Gift 1984
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Pen and brown ink, lower left: Bourdon

  • Provenance

    Collection of Earls Spencer (Althorp)Spencer sale, London, T. Philipe, June 10-17, 1811, no. 98, "A classical landscape, in the great style of Nicolo Poussin - red chalk, bistre, and Indian ink, heightened." Lugt 1531; Archibald George Blomefield Russel (British, 1879–1955); Seventh and Eighth Earl of Spencer (British, 20th century)(According to the dealer R. Day, who purchased the drawing from the 8th Earl Spencer); Richard Day (London)

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "French Drawings Recently Acquired, 1975-1984," November 27, 1984–February 10, 1985.

    Colnaghi, New York. "Claude to Corot. The Development of Landscape Painting in France," November 1, 1990–December 15, 1990.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seventeenth Century French Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum," February 2, 1996–April 25, 1996.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 8, 2008–April 13, 2008.

  • Catalogue Raisonné

    Bean and Turcic 1986.46

  • References

    Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turcic 15th-18th Century French Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986, cat. no. 46, p. 50, ill.

    Tancred Borenius "Drawings in the Collection of Mr. Archibald G. B. Russell." The Connoisseur. vol. 66, May 1923, fig. no. XI, pp. 7, 10, ill.

    Le Paysage Français de Poussin à Corot, à l'Exposition de Petit Palais (Mai-Juin 1925). Éditions de la Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1926, cat. no. D382.

    Exhibition of Fifty Old Master Drawings.. Baskett and Day, London, November 22-December 1, 1983, cat. no. 36.

    Jacob Bean "Curatorial Reports and Departmental Accessions: Drawings." in Annual Report of the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1, 1983 - June 30, 1984. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 114, New York, 1984, p. 24.

    Claude to Corot. The Development of Landscape Painting in France. Ex. cat. Edited by Alan Wintermute, Colnaghi, New York, New York, November 1-December 15, 1990, cat. no. 11, ill.

    Hilliard T. Goldfarb From Fontainebleau to the Louvre: French Drawing from the Seventeenth Century. Ex. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, December 13, 1989-January 28, 1990, cat. no. 93, pp. 184-185, ill.

    Jacques Thuillier, Michel Hilaire, Juan J. Luna Sébastien Bourdon 1616-1671. Ex. cat. Paris, 2000, cat. no. 181, p. 320, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History