The Beach near Scheveningen
Jan van Goyen (Leyden 1596 – The Hague 1656)
Van Goyen painted numerous beach scenes based on drawings he made in 1646 at Scheveningen on the coast of the Dutch Republic. This scene seems to depict the arrival or departure of passengers at this embarkation point. It is livelier and more populated than the usual sleepy coming and going of fishermen found in this series of paintings.
Oil painting on panel, The Beach at Scheveningen by Jan van Goyen (Leyden 1596 – The Hague 1656), signed and dated, bottom left of centre "VG 1648". A view looking across the shore with numerous fisherfolk on the dunes and beach gathered with their horses and carts near some fishing boats; to the left a village on the dunes which is probably Scheveningen.
With Robert Langton Douglas (1864 - 1951); with Colnaghi, from whom bought by Mrs Greville, 1920, 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
VG 1648 (signed and dated)
Makers and roles
Jan van Goyen (Leyden 1596 – The Hague 1656), artist