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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Dutch (Groningen, The Netherlands 1831 - 1915 The Hague, The Netherlands)
The Fishing Boats at Scheveningen
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Watercolor, charcoal and traces of gouache on off-white textured wove paper
70.2 x 47 cm (27 5/8 x 18 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: L.r., black watercolor: HW Mesdag
  • inscription: verso, l.r. corner, brown ink: No 375 (underlined) / TS (under 5)
  • inscription: verso, center lower edge, graphite: hung (mng?) imperial (?) (illegible)
  • inscription: verso, u.l. corner, graphite: [drawing of frame profile]
  • label: on frame, white (discolored) label with black border, in Bartlett sisters' hand, black ink: For the / Boston Museum of Fine Arts / from / Mary F. & Fannie Bartlett / The Fishing Boats - at / Scheveningen / H. W. Mesdag. [Four other works in our collection (from the Bartletts) have the same black bordered decorative label with inscription in the same handwriting: Blommers (1934.204), Israëls (1934.201), Mauve (1934.198), Weissenbruch (1934.197). The label is probably related to an exhibition at the MFA in 1895. See In-house Notes.]
  • label: On frame, white (discolored) label with black border, in Bartlett sister's hand, black ink: This picture was bought / in Mesdags Studio from the / Easle [sic]. It was not quite / finished & Mesdag completed it for Miss M. F. Bartlett
  • gallery label: formerly back of frame, printed and inscribed: No [inscribed:] C 6325 / DOLL & RICHARDS, / Fine Art Dealers, / 2 PARK STREET, / BOSTON
  • label: tan paper (discolored from white?), printed: MFB [decorative monogram; stands for "Mary F. Bartlett" or "Mary and Fannie Bartlett"] / 227 Commonwealth Avenue
  • label: On backboard (now removed and placed in file), printed in black ink: This Backboard was / Pat'd April 13th, 1880. / Pat'd Jan. 9th, 1883. / Pat'd March 27, 1883. / Manuf'd by / Deuther Mfg. Co., Buffalo


Recorded Ownership History
Hendrik Willem Mesdag, sold; to Mary F. Bartlett, Boston, before 1895, bequest; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1934

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Mary F. and Fannie Bartlett Collection
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Johan Poort, Hendrik Willem Mesdag, 1831-1915: Oeuvrecatalogus (Wassenaar, 1989), p. 438, no. A21.09, repr.

Exhibition History

  • New Acquisitions, Print Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 05/21/1895 - 11/01/1895
  • Dutch Water Colors of the 19th Century, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/19/1935 - 03/31/1935
  • Unidentified Exhibition, Wilcox House, 1958, Wilcox House, York, 08/01/1958 - 08/31/1958

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