Painted early in the artist’s career when he was still under the influence of his master Jan van Goyen, this little signed work was until recently not in an appropriate state to exhibit. state. Someone, probably Sir Francis Bourgeois in the 1790s or early 1800s, had seen fit to ‘improve’ this tiny masterpiece with some foreground cows and an extra 9cm of sky at the top.

Recent conservation has not only removed these clumsy additions, but also revealed a tiny fisherman in a boat.


  • Title: River Landscape
  • Date: c.1640
  • Physical Dimensions: w368 x h160 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Dutch
  • Support: Panel
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Inscriptions: A Cuyp
  • Further Information: An early work in the manner of Van Goyen, painted probably c.1640. River Landscapeformerly had additions top and bottom (of 8.9 and 1.8 cm respectively) and a depiction of a group of cows in the foreground centre left. Analysis proved these to be post-seventeenth century additions and they were removed in 1998; all were probably the work of Bourgeois. The group of cows, as recorded in old photographs, repeats that in a landscape by Cuyp in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (HdG249).
  • Artist: Cuyp, Aelbert
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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