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A Castle on a Hill by a River
Imitator of Jacob van Ruisdael
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This picture was painted by a seventeenth-century Dutch imitator of Jacob van Ruisdael and is possibly an early work by the artist’s follower Johan van Kessel. It may be based on a lost work by van Ruisdael showing Bentheim Castle, which is on the border between Germany and the Netherlands, although the viewpoint is different from any of his known paintings of this subject.

The painting has atmosphere. The sky has some life and movement, and the buildings still dominate, but the picture has long since been lost under coats of discoloured varnish and it lacks the dramatic vitality of a van Ruisdael. Details on the trees aren't delicately defined and the river is little more than a muddy path.

Key facts
Artist Imitator of Jacob van Ruisdael
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
Dimensions 140 x 176 cm
Acquisition credit Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number NG996
Location in Gallery Not on display
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