A River Estuary
Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden 1600/03 - Haarlem 1670)
Salomon van Ruysdael enjoyed a great success in his lifetime with pictures of the quiet life of the inland watercourses of the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. His style displayed an increased vibrancy of colour and complexity of composition towards the end of his life when this picture was painted although in this instance he returned to a strictly limited colour range and a spare scheme of narrow horizontal bands.
Oil painting on panel, A River Estuary by Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden 1600/03 - Haarlem 1670), signed and dated, on left hand boat, under basket: "SvR 1647". A view looking down a river with fishermen in a moving boat on the left drawing in a net; on the right a sailing boat with passengers; on the bank beyond a cottage among trees and in the distance, towards the mouth of the river, a church.
Lord Huntingfield sale, Christie's, 25 June 1915, lot 110, bought in; resold (anonymously), Christie's, 5 March 1920, lot 6, bought by Colnaghi, from whom it was acquired by Mrs Greville the same year for £1,800; The bequest of Margaret (Anderson) McEwan, The Hon. Mrs Ronald - later Dame Margaret - Henry Fulke Greville, DBE (1863-1942) from probate records linked with the donation of the property to the National Trust in 1943. This item found on the record for Polesden Lacey pictures, drawings etc., stored in the cellar, page 167.
Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
S v R 1647 (signed and dated)
Makers and roles
Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden 1600/03 - Haarlem 1670), artist