Attributed to Frederik van Valkenborch

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Attributed to Frederik van Valkenborch
Wooded Landscape by a Lake with the Convent of Melk
Pen and brown and black ink, brown wash, over traces of graphite, on paper.
7 3/4 x 11 inches (197 x 280 mm)
Purchased on the Fellows Fund as the special gift of the Cremer Foundation.

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Watermark: Circle with a cross on a trefoil within a quatrefoil.
The town of Melk is located in north central Austria on the Danube River. The drawing was probably originally part of a sketchbook made by van Valckenborch during an extended journey along the Danube and through the Alps in 1588-9. Other pages from the sketchbook are housed in the Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam, the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, the Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden, and the British Museum, London.


Inscribed on the verso, at lower center, in graphite, "Lukas van Valkenborsch / 1540-Mechelen - 1625"; at lower left corner, in graphite, "...- Albertina, Wien / Brueghel - Tentoon...1934".

Hendrik Gevers (1715-61), Burgomaster of Rotterdam (Lugt 1121); unidentified collector (Lugt S. 1123a); Archduke Friedrich of Austria (1856-1936), Vienna; on loan to the Albertina, Vienna; P. de Boer, Amsterdam; Gebr. Douwes, Amsterdam; R.M. Light and Co., Boston; Paul Drey Gallery, New York.
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Gevers, Hendrik, 1715-1761, former owner.
Habsburg, Frederick, 1856-1936, former owner.