Jacob van Ruisdael

The Banks of a River

About this artwork

This is an imaginative panoramic river scene based on studies made from nature. The large expanse of sky, and the contrast between the wooded hillside and the open view of the river and its opposite bank contribute to the scene’s spacious grandeur. The distant town, inspired by Ruisdael’s drawings of the town of Rhenen, on the Rhine, includes the distinctive tower of the St Cunera church and the twin towers of the watergate. The figures were probably painted by his friend Nicolaes Berchem or by Philips Wouwerman. Collaboration between Dutch artists with different specialities was not uncommon.

  • title:
    The Banks of a River
  • accession number:
    NGL 033.84
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1649
  • measurements:
    134.00 x 193.00 cm (framed: 174.00 x 232.00 x 18.20 cm)
  • credit line:
    Sir James Erskine of Torrie Bequest to the University of Edinburgh 1835, deposited on loan 1845 with the Royal Institution; loan transferred to the National Gallery 1859
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Jacob van Ruisdael

Jacob van Ruisdael