Goyen, Jan van (Leiden 1586 – The Hague 1656). The Farmstead with the Pond on the Canal. In front varied accessory figures in any position up to two riders, also two dogs, and a fisherman in the midst of the water, from whose opposite bank a pointed steeple greets. Engraving/etching by Jan de Visscher (Amsterdam about 1636 – after 1692). Inscribed: I: van Goyen inventor. / I: de Visscher fecit. / 2. 4⅞ × 8¼ in (12.5 × 20.8 cm).

Jan van Goyen, Farmstead with Pond on the Canal

Wessely 60; Le Blanc 55. – Cf. Beck, van Goyen, Zeichnungen 475A with ills. – Plate 2 of the equal-sized 12-sheet “exquisitely fine suite” (Weigel 947, 1838) of canal + village landscapes “Regiunculae amoenissimae eleganter delineatae” worked in reverse after van Goyen (Nagler 62; Wurzbach 60, both Visscher), whose “bearing for Dutch landscape painting of the 17th century, his standing as artist … (are) that known they shall not be subject of this book” (Beck I, 1972, p. 11). And Visscher himself “supplied … highly valuable sheets, either working with just the needle or combined with the chisel” (Nagler 1850).

The impeccable duplicate of the Museum Boymans, whose quite fine even warm tone imparts a lyrical evening mood to the fine sheet. – Large circle (lion?) fleur-de-lis-crowned watermark with filled shield, in its upper outside part as the only one to be assessed here corresponding to Heawood 3144 (1686). – As remarkable for oldmaster prints with fine margin of 7 mm round about. – The little black disposal round stamp (Lugt 700a) on the back feebly shining through to the lower white platemark.

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