A Castle on a Hill by a River

This picture was painted by a 17th-century Dutch imitator of Ruisdael. It has recently been suggested that it is an early work by Ruisdael's follower Johan van Kessel (1641 - 1680). It may be based on a lost work by Ruisdael showing Bentheim Castle on the German/Netherlandish border. The viewpoint is different from any of the known paintings of this subject by van Ruisdael.

Key facts

Artist dates
1628/9? - 1682
Full title
A Castle on a Hill by a River
Date made
probably 1650-1700
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
140 x 176 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery