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Title A River Estuary
Collection Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Goyen, Jan van (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1596-1656)
Date 1639 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Jan van Goyen was a popular and prolific landscape and marine painter of the first half of the seventeenth century. His work was avidly sought after in the later eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by English collectors, particularly among those in East Anglia where there remains a strong topographical affinity with the Low Countries. Van Goyen often reworked successful compositions for different patrons, perhaps changing the weather conditions or background details. The present painting bears comparison with three other works by the artist at the National Gallery, one of which (NG 2580), dated 1638, uses the same device of a rowing boat daubed with the artist's signature in the foreground.
Current Accession Number NWHCM:1958.223:F
Former Accession Number 223.958
Inscription front ll (on rowing boat towards the lower left; monogram) 'VG 1639'
Subject marine; figure
Measurements 38.5 x 62.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {oak})
Acquisition Details Purchased from Sir Gervase Beckett with assistance from the National Art-Collections Fund 1958.
Provenance Ernest Kennedy by 1888; by descent to S. E. Kennedy, until 1917; Agnew's via Christie's, 6 July 1917, lot 14; Hon. Evan Charteris.
Principal Exhibitions Royal Academy, London, 1888, cat. no. 62; Guildhall, London, 1903; Jan van Goyen, Leiden and Arnhem, 1960, cat. no. 22; Royal Academy, London, 1962, cat. no. 154; Jan van Goyen, 1596-1656: poet of the Dutch landscape', Alan Jacobs Gallery (London), 1977, cat. no. 10.
Publications Beck, Hans-Ulrich, Jan van Goyen 1596-1656, Amsterdam, 1973, vol. 2, pp. 356-57; Wright, C., Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century: images of a Golden Age in British collections, London and Birmingham, 1989, pp. 197 and 284; Moore, A. W., Dutch and Flemish Painting in Norfolk: a history of taste and influence, fashion and collecting, London, 1988, p. 169, ill. (image reversed).
Rights Owner Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Author Richard Johns



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