Among Rembrandt's sketches of rustic farmhouses and cottages, this drawing is unusually finished in execution and formal in composition. Rembrandt drew the scene with fine pen lines of fairly even width. He applied wash sparingly and rendered the texture of the thatch roof with heavily inked strokes reminiscent of a drypoint burr. In so doing, he created a work related in feeling to his etchings. Rembrandt situated the cottage parallel to the picture plane and framed it symmetrically by adding at the right of the original sheet a strip of paper, on which he extended the tree branches, the fences, and the distant horizon. In its reinterpretation of Italian Renaissance principles of composition, this drawing reveals parallels with paintings Rembrandt made in the years 1648–50, most notably the Supper at Emmaus of 1648 (Musée du Louvre, Paris).
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Title:Cottage among Trees
Artist:Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Medium:Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on paper washed with brown
Dimensions:6 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (17.1 x 27.6 cm); vertical strip 6 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (17.2 x 3.2 cm) added by artist to the sheet at right.
Credit Line:H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Inscription: [in pen and brown ink at lower left]: WE [monogram of William Esdaile] (Lugt 2617)
Marking: Stamped lower left with the collector's mark of Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445). Verso: on the former backing stamped with the collectors' marks of Sir Francis Seymour Haden (Lugt 1227) and John Heywood Hawkins (Lugt 1472).
Jan Pietersz Zoomer; Sir Thomas Lawrence (British); William Esdaile (British); his sale, Christie's, London, June 17, 1840, lot 119 (£7 to Geddes); Andrew Geddes (British, Scottish); John Heywood Hawkins; his sale, Sotheby's, London, April 29, 1850, lot 1022 (£1 to Meyer); Sir Francis Seymour Haden (British); his sale, Sotheby's, London, June 15–19, 1891, lot 587 (£130 to Durand-Ruel); Galerie Durand-Ruel; John Postle Heseltine (British); H. O. Havemeyer
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