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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Simon de Vlieger, Dutch (Rotterdam 1600/1601 - 1653 Weesp)
A Port Town
Work Type
late 1630s
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3600, University Research Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Black chalk and gray wash on off-white antique laid paper, mounted overall to another sheet of antique laid paper, framing lines in brown ink and black chalk and partial framing line in black ink
19.8 x 31.3 cm (7 13/16 x 12 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: In the mounting sheet, center: shield
  • inscription: Signed, lower right, in black chalk: S DE V
  • collector's mark: Verso of mount, bottom center, blue ink: M G A [in monogram] (Lugt 3306, mark of The Maida and George Abrams Collection)
  • inscription: Verso, bottom center, black chalk (?): 3 [encircled] / f (?)
Paul Brent?; to [Gerard Meyer]; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston (Lugt 3306), 1974
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

Franklin W. Robinson, Seventeenth Century Dutch Drawings from American Collections, exh. cat., International Exhibitions Foundation (Washington, D.C, 1977), cat. no. 28, pp. xiv and 30-31, repr.

William W. Robinson, Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., H. O. Zimman, Inc. (Lynn, MA, 1991), cat. no. 36, pp. 90-91, 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. 197, repr. fig. 39

Exhibition History

Seventeenth Century Dutch Drawings from American Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 01/30/1977 - 03/13/1977; Denver Art Museum, Denver, 04/01/1977 - 05/15/1977; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 06/01/1977 - 07/15/1977

Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 02/23/1991 - 04/18/1991; Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 05/16/1991 - 06/30/1991; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 01/22/1992 - 04/22/1992; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/10/1992 - 12/06/1992

Mirror of Holland: Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Part 1, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 11/20/2010 - 03/06/2011

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

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