On the hill is the spire of a village church, and other buildings. To the left sheep are being herded over a wooden bridge spanning a ravine.

Ruisdael painted a number of imaginary mountainous landscapes with a waterfall rushing towards the lower edge of the picture. This subject was introduced into Dutch painting by Allart van Everdingen, who visited Scandinavia in 1644.

On grounds of style the landscape has been dated to the second half of the 1660s, when Ruisdael was living in Amsterdam.

Key facts

Artist dates
1628/9? - 1682
Full title
A Waterfall at the Foot of a Hill, near a Village
Date made
probably 1665-70
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
84.8 x 100 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
Location in Gallery