The Water Mill (The Trevor Landscape)

Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638-1709)

Currently on View in H215
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Tucked in the woods is a cottage and water mill typical of the eastern provinces of the Dutch Republic. The water mill bore a variety of meanings in the 17th century: allusions to the swift passage of time and the vicissitudes of fortune through the turning wheel, as well as references to the wonders of early modern industry. Hobbema specialized in such water mill scenes, executing more than three dozen throughout his career.

J. Pierpont Morgan [1867-1943], New York and London, England, by 1907; {1} exhibition and private sale via (M. Knoedler and Company, New York, New York), 1943; {2} purchased by Caroline Marmon Fesler [1878 - 1960], Indianapolis, Indiana, and immediately given as an anonymous gift to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields (43.108).

{1} T[homas] Humphrey Ward et al., Pictures in the Collection of J. Pierpont Morgan at Prince’s Gate and Dover House, vol. 2, London 1907, n. p. (ill.). The early provenance of this painting, famously known as The Trevor Landscape after the first recorded owner of the picture, the 4th Baron Trevor [1701-1783], is recorded in both C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, vol. 4, London 1911, no. 87, and Georges Broulhiet, Meindert Hobbema (1638-1709), Paris 1938, cat. no. 101 (ill.)
{2} See Collection of J.P. Morgan, Exhibition of Paintings, New York, 23 November to 11 December, 1943, cat. no. 19, and Morgan Art Works will be put on sale, New York Times, 8 October 1943, p. 11.

Object Information

Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638-1709)
creation date
oil on canvas
40-1/4 x 53 in.
approximately 57 x 67 x 5-1/2 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Art Association of Indianapolis in memory of Daniel W. and Elizabeth C. Marmon
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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