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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Copy after Nicolaes Berchem the Elder, Dutch (Haarlem, Netherlands 1620 - 1683 Amsterdam, Netherlands)
The Ferry
Work Type
17th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Red chalk on off-white antique laid paper, framing line in red chalk and framing line in brown ink
17.3 x 28.2 cm (6 13/16 x 11 1/8 in.)
mount: 32.6 x 42.5 cm (12 13/16 x 16 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower right, graphite strengthened with pen: Berghem
  • inscription: mount, lower center, brown ink: Nicholas Berghem / Born 1624 Died 1683
  • inscription: mount, lower right, graphite: A 5272
  • inscription: mount, lower right, blind stamp: L. 970 (F. Abott)
  • watermark: none visible
F. Abott, Edinburgh (L. 970, mount, lower right). [Christie's, London, 11 February 1929, part of lot 6], sold; to [P. & D. Colnaghi, London, 22 May 1929], sold; to Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge, Massachusetts; bequest, to Fogg Art Museum, 1965.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 495, p. 265, as Claes Berchem (?)

Agnes Mongan, Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs [1878-1965]: given and bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, exh. cat., Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1965), p. 206

Lisa Hall, "Counterproofs: An Investigation into the History, Materials, Techniques, and Uses of Red Chalk Counterproofs with an Examination of Other Methods of Copying" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, August 1990), Unpublished, pp. 1-62 passim

Annemarie Stefes, Niederländische Zeichnungen 1450-1850: Kupferstichkabinett der Hamburger Kunsthalle, ed. Andreas Stolzenburg and Hubertus Gaßner, Böhlau Verlag (Cologne, 2011), vol. 1, p. 100, under cat. no. 72 and p. 365, under cat. no. 629 (as copy after Berchem probably by Jan van der Meer II)

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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