A Wagon fording a Stream

The painting is unfinished; areas of foliage have not been completed.

The attribution of this work to Rubens has in the past been doubted, but 'A Wagon fording a Stream' is now considered to be by the artist. The dating of Rubens's landscapes is problematic because they were not commissioned and so relatively few documents concerning them survive.

This view also appears with slight variations in another landscape by the artist (Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen). It has also been related to a drawing in St Petersburg (Hermitage).

Key facts

Artist dates
1577 - 1640
Full title
A Wagon fording a Stream
Date made
probably 1625-40
Medium and support
Black chalk and oil on paper stuck on canvas
47 x 70.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery