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Leper House at Cleves

A work made of black chalk, with brush and gray wash, on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of black chalk, with brush and gray wash, on ivory laid paper.




Jan van Goyen
Dutch, 1596-1656

About this artwork

Five drawings (1961.378-1961.382) were once bound in a small sketchbook of approximately 200 pages. Because it was light and portable, Jan van Goyen could tuck it into his pocket while walking in search of inspiration. Sketchbooks allowed the artist to quickly delineate sand dunes and architectural structures in the vicinity of his residence in The Hague and farther afield. These landscape sketches in black chalk and ink wash relate—directly and indirectly—to compositions the artist later realized in oil paintings.


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Jan van Goyen


Leper House at Cleves


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Black chalk, with brush and gray wash, on ivory laid paper


Inscribed recto, upper right, in pen and light brown ink: "42"


9.8 × 15.8 cm (3 7/8 × 6 1/4 in.)

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Worcester Sketch Fund Income

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