attributed to Cornelis Gerritsz. Decker

Canal with bridge, c. 1640-1678
Dulwich (London), Dulwich Picture Gallery, [..]
Object information
Object category
panel (oak), oil paint
Single-member oak panel, bevelled on the verso edges. A thin sliver of wood (approximately 12 cm) has broken off at the back bottom edge; otherwise the panel is in good condition. The monogram, ‘R’, is contemporary with the painting, but is not of Ruisdael. The thinly painted brown areas, particularly the bridge and the shadow side of the building, have suffered considerable abrasion from past over-cleaning. There were a few later additions (confirmed as 18th century or later by the identification of Prussian blue during paint sample analysis) including a reflection of the boat and some foliage under the bridge. These were removed in 2005. The figure on the right and the figures on the bridge also bore some over-painted alterations. Removal of this over-paint revealed that the original figures are considerably abraded – this damage was probably sustained when the sky was cleaned in the past. Some over-paint was left on these figures as so little original paint remains in parts. Previous recorded treatment: no conservation records exist for this painting prior to 2005; 2005, technical analysis, L. Sheldon; 2005, conserved, S. Plender (Sophia Plender).
rectangle (landscape format) 40,5 x 53 cm
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
Current attribution
attributed to Cornelis Gerritsz. Decker
already in Denning 1858; Bergvelt/Jonker 2016
Rejected attribution
Jacob van Ruisdael
in Dulwich souces since 1813
school of Jacob van Ruisdael
Sparkes 1876 until Cat. 1953
after Jacob van Ruisdael
Murray 1980
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
c. 1640-1678 (1640 - 1678)
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Visual documentation
Creation date: 2017-06-05; Last modified date: 2021-06-02


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