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A drawing of big and strong rocks in the shore side of the sea

A drawing of big and strong rocks situated in the shore side of the sea. On the right side of the drawing it shows a small boat with passengers and a big ship coming from behind along with two others seen at a far distance

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Simon de Vlieger, Dutch (Rotterdam 1600/1601 - 1653 Weesp)
Coastal Landscape with Anthropomorphic Rocks
Work Type
album page, drawing
c. 1634-1638
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Physical Descriptions

Graphite on parchment
11 x 15.2 cm (4 5/16 x 6 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Lower left, graphite: S D VLIEGER


Recorded Ownership History
Possibly Pieter Spiering, Delft and The Hague. Private collection, United Kingdom, sold [private sale, via Sotheby's, London]; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston, 1987 (Lugt 3306, without their mark), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 1999

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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This sheet forms part of a seventeenth-century Dutch album, in its original binding, which contains 41 small, full-page drawings on parchment by more than 27 different artists.

Publication History

  • Walter Liedtke and Michiel C. Plomp, Vermeer and the Delft School, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2001), no. 94c, repr.
  • Christiaan P. van Eeghen, "Simon de Vlieger as a Draftsman, II: Chalk Drawings Other than Pure Landscapes", Master Drawings (2011), vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 179-221, p. 212 and p. 221 (n. 82), repr. p. 213, fig. 78
  • William W. Robinson, "The Abrams Album: An 'Album Amicorum' of Dutch Drawings from the Seventeeth Century", Master Drawings (Spring 2015), LIII, no. 1, pp. 3-58, pp. 12, 16, 25, 38, repr. p. 17 as fig. 14
  • Joanna Sheers Seidenstein and Susan Anderson, ed., Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2022), pp. 204-206, 233, repr. p. 207 as fig. 12

Subjects and Contexts

  • Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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