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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jan Lievens, Dutch (Leiden, Netherlands 1607 - 1674 Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Cottage among Trees
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Forest Landscape with Cottages
Work Type
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Brown ink on toned Asian paper, mounted overall to a sheet of off-white antique laid paper, framing line in dark black ink
22.3 x 37 cm (8 3/4 x 14 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: verso of mount, lower right , blue ink: M G A [in monogram] [Lugt 3306, mark of Maida and George Abrams]
  • inscription: lower left, brown ink, in the artist's hand: IL
  • inscription: recto, bottom center, very faint brown ink: van Borssum
  • inscription: verso of mount, upper left, brown ink: n75x
  • inscription: verso of mount, lower left, faint graphite: 1843
  • inscription: verso of mount, bottom center, very faint graphite: 276 / J. Lievens
[Christie's, London, December 12, 1978, lot 152], sold [via Richard Day, London]; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston (Lugt 3306)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Promised Gift
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

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), pp. 144-145, cat. no. 59, repr. p. 145

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.98, under cat. no. 127; p. 101, under cat. no. 133; p. 284, repr. as fig. 45.

Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC, 2008), under cat. nos. 126-127, fig. 2

Peter Schatborn, Rembrandt and his Circle: Drawings in the Frits Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers and Fondation Custodia (2010), vol. 1, p. 291, under cat. no. 118

Peter C. Sutton and William W. Robinson, Drawings by Rembrandt, his Students and Circle from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., Bruce Museum and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2011), pp. 32, 62-63, cat. no. 13, repr. p. 63

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

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

Drawings by Rembrandt, his Students and Circle from the Collection of Maida and George Abrams, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, 09/24/2011 - 01/08/2012; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 04/15/2012 - 07/08/2012

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

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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