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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jacob van Ruisdael, Dutch (Haarlem 1628/29 - 1682 Amsterdam)
Two Large Oaks and Two Deer at the Edge of a Wood
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Two Oak Trees in Extensive Landscape
Work Type
c. 1670
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Black chalk and gray wash with touches of graphite on cream antique laid paper, framing line in brown ink
20.5 x 32 cm (8 1/16 x 12 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 3148 [encircled] / ibobs
  • watermark: Arms of Amsterdam
  • collector's mark: Verso, bottom center, blue ink: M G A [in monogram] (Lugt 3306, mark of The Maida and George Abrams Collection)
  • inscription: Verso, lower left, black ink: 1 hh (?)
Maida and George Abrams, Boston (Lugt 3306)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Maida and George Abrams Collection, Boston, Long Term Loan
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Seymour Slive, Jacob van Ruisdael: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, Drawings and Etchings, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2001), cat. no. D87, repr.

William W. Robinson, Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 70, repr.

Seymour Slive, Jacob van Ruisdael: Master of Landscape, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, England, 2005), cat. no. 96, repr. (color)

Jane Turner and Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, The Morgan Library & Museum (New York, 2006), vol. 1, p. 174, under cat. no. 261

Exhibition History

Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, British Museum, London, 06/13/2002 - 09/22/2002; Institut Néerlandais, Paris, 10/10/2002 - 12/08/2002; Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/22/2003 - 07/06/2003

Jacob van Ruisdael: Master of Landscape, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 10/23/2005 - 02/05/2006; Royal Academy of Arts, London, 02/25/2006 - 06/04/2006

Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2022 - 08/14/2022

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