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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jacob van Ruisdael, Dutch (Haarlem 1628/29 - 1682 Amsterdam)
The Kamperbuitenpoort in Amersfoort
Other Titles
Former Title: Riverbank with Cottages, a Drawbridge, and Two Towers
Former Title: River Landscape
Work Type
c. 1650
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Black chalk on beige antique laid paper, framing line in brown ink and partial framing line in black chalk
14.2 x 20 cm (5 9/16 x 7 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: verso, lower right, blue ink: M G A [in monogram] [Lugt 3306, mark of Maida and George Abrams]
  • inscription: Verso, lower left, graphite: cnn (?)
  • inscription: Verso, bottom center, black chalk: Ruysdael fec [?]
  • inscription: verso, center right, above and below the "x," in very faint graphite: [indecipherable]
  • watermark: none
Private collection, Switzerland. [Claude Kuhn, Basel], sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston (Lugt 3306), 1992
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

Seymour Slive, Jacob van Ruisdael: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, Drawings and Etchings, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2001), cat. no. D28, 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), pp. 164-165, cat. no. 69, repr. p. 165

Laurens Schoemaker, Jacob van Ruisdael tekent de Kamperbuitenpoort in Amersfoort, Connoisseurship: Essays in Honour of Fred G. Meijer (Leiden, 2020)

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

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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