Hendrik Kobell

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Hendrik Kobell
Shipping Scene near the Shore, with Fishermen Loading a Weyschuit on the Left and a Tjalk (Wijdschip) on the Right with a Kaag close on her Port
Pen and brown ink, brown, gray, blue and yellow watercolor, over graphite, on paper.
12 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches (325 x 374 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Alexander O. Vietor in honor of her late husband.

Signed and dated at lower right in pen and gray ink, "Hk Kob: f: 1778".
Watermark: "J Honig & Zoonen", fragment (Heawood, no. 3345).

Probably the Hon. John Spencer (1708-46); by descent to the Earls of Spencer, Althorp, Northamptonshire (Lugt 2341a); acquired from William Drummond, London.

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 354.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 391.


The drawing is an exact copy of a composition by Willem van de Velde the Younger, which exists in at least two painted versions. One, in the collection of Bennett Robinson, New York, is signed and dated 1663 and was painted mainly by van de Velde the Younger (1633-1707) for the studio, and the other, presumably an 18th-century studio copy, was formerly in the collection of New-York Historical Society, New York (sale, New York, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 9 October 1980, lot 36, repr.).

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Velde, Willem van de, 1633-1707, Copy after.
Spencer, Albert Edward John Spencer, Earl, 1892-1975
Spencer, John, 1708-1746, former owner.
Drummond, William, former owner.
Vietor, Alexander O., donor.
Vietor, Alexander O., Mrs., donor.

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