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Landscape with River and Mill

A work made of pen and brown ink on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pen and brown ink on cream laid paper.


c. 1540


Unknown Artist
Flemish, active Antwerp, mid-16th century

About this artwork

One of only a few examples to survive from the earlier decades of the 16th century, this drawing demonstrates the emerging interest in landscape as a subject independent of narrative or devotional scenes. Although the compositional elements described here seem like those one could observe—a town set in a dell—the manner of their description is stylized, indicating that the scene may have actually come from the artist’s imagination.


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Landscape with River and Mill


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Pen and brown ink on cream laid paper


Inscribed recto, lower right, in pen and brown ink: "195"; verso, center, in pen and dark brown ink: ‘31:’followed by a circle and dot within a square; verso, lower right, in red ink: “Lot 1766”; and in dark brown ink: “156”


18.8 × 28.4 cm (7 7/16 × 11 3/16 in.)

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The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection

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