Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620-1691) The Old Ferry House, Dordrecht
Lot 61
Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620-1691) A guard house on a river
£120,000 - 180,000
US$ 200,000 - 300,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620-1691)
A guard house on the river
signed 'A. Cuyp' (lower right)
oil on panel
37.5 x 53.5cm (14 3/4 x 21 1/16in).


    The Collection of Etienne François de Choiseul-Stainville, duc de Choiseul (1719-1785), Château de Chanteloup, Touraine, France
    The Collection of M. Lapeyrière, sale, Lacoste, Paris, 14 April 1817, lot 28
    The Collection of George Affleck, from whom acquired with the Swinton Estate in 1882 by Samuel Cunliffe-Lister, later Lord Masham, and by descent until sold;
    Sale, Christie's, London, 28 November 1975, lot 53
    With Agnew's, London
    Private Collection, Australia
    Sale, Christie's, London, 6 December 2007, lot 61

    London, Agnew's, Agnew's 175th Anniversary, 9 June- 24 July 1992, no. 5

    J. Smith, A Catalogue Raisonné, etc., vol. V (London, 1834), no. 322 p. 322, no. 137
    C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné, etc., vol. II (London, 1909), no. 167 'The Old Dordrecht Ferry House,' and no. 655, p. 196
    H. Gerson, 'Albert Cuyps gezicht van het "Wachthuis in de Kil"', Opus musivum. Een bundel studies aageboden aan Professor Doctor M. D. Ozinga (Assen, 1964), pp. 257-69
    S. Reiss, Aelbert Cuyp (London, 1975), no. 147, p. 191 (illustrating the engraving only)
    S. Reiss, 'The Old Guardhouse by Aelbert Cuyp', Burlington Magazine, February 1978, pp. 87-9, fig. 39
    To be included in Alan Chong's forthcoming monograph

    F. Basan, 1777, whilst in the collection of the duc de Choiseul

    The guard house in the present picture appears in two other works by the artist: a large River landscape in the Collection of the Earl of Dartmouth (S. Reiss, op cit., no. 146, 1975) and a drawing in the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, which is inscribed 'Het Oude Wagthuis in de Kil.' On the basis of this inscription, Horst Gerson concluded that these works must post-date the mid 1660s, since the land the guardhouse stands on was not reclaimed from the sea before then. However, Stephen Reiss does not accept so late a date and plausibly argues that the subject is another watchtower also in the vicinity of Dordrecht. This was not the result of land reclamation and thus Reiss concludes that it becomes possible to return this painting to the period which its style suggests: Cuyp's early maturity, circa 1647. Alan Chong agrees with this dating, although he is sceptical that the guardhouse can be specifically identified since 'The waterways around Dordrecht were littered with watchtowers which served as tollhouses and lighthouses, the tall, stepped pole being a platform for a beacon' (unpublished note).
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