Goyen, Jan van (Leiden 1586 – The Hague 1656). The Path along the Wide River. Front left above a sluice family with child and dog, the man mounted. Right of this group highly loaded horse-drawn vehicle, on the bank in front and set back two boats with occupied fishermen. The line of the horizon limited laterally by a mill and church resp., in-between a pointed steeple and a property beneath high trees. Engraving/etching by Jan de Visscher (Amsterdam about 1636 – after 1692). Inscribed: I: van Goyen inventor. / I: de Visscher fecit. / 11. 5 × 8¼ in (12.6 × 20.9 cm).

Jan van Goyen, The Path along the Wide River

Wessely 69; Le Blanc 64; Hollstein 40 with ills. – Cf. Beck, van Goyen, Zeichnungen 497, and Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Artists born between 1580 and 1600, 186, each with ills. – Plate 11 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).

Partial feeble margin fox spots and black tiny print stains on the back barely worth mentioning aside the impeccable duplicate of the Museum Boymans with its small black disposal round stamp (Lugt 700a) on the back at the lower edge. – Figurative (leaping lion?) watermark with word mark. – As remarkable for oldmaster prints with fine margin of 5 mm round about.

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