A Street in Jisp on a Winter's Day

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A Street in Jisp on a Winter's Day


Abraham Rutgers (Dutch, 1632 - 1699)




Netherlands (Place Created)


before 1664


Pen and brown and black ink and brown and gray wash

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19.3 × 30.6 cm (7 5/8 × 12 1/16 in.)

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The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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In this image of the small whaling village of Jisp, people chat and stroll before a row of densely packed wooden buildings typical of North Holland in this era. On the frozen canal at right, others play kolf, a cross between hockey and golf. In the distance, the delicate bare branches of the trees create black tracery against the pale sky, their round tops echoing the curve of the bridges below and arc of birds overhead.

Although Rutgers used both copies and his imagination as sources for his drawings, he drew this quintessential Dutch winter genre scene from life. It is one of two drawings the artist did of the same location on different occasions. Rutgers effectively captures the chill of a winter day with crisp pen work, particularly visible in the architectural details, contrasting against the expanse of white paper and gentle grey and brown washes in the sky and bank of snow.

Jisp banned construction of new thatch roofs in 1647 as a precautionary measure. The drawing can therefore be dated before 1664, when a significant fire damaged the city, and likely destroyed any thatched roofs in the city. Close observation also reveals that Rutgers used a slightly different ink to draw the figures on the left than the rest of the drawing, suggesting that he was not satisfied with his original composition and added to it at a later time.


Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, New York, January 16, 1985, lot 168, to Jacobus A. Klaver.]

1985 - 1997

Jacobus A. Klaver, Dutch, 1928 - 1997


Klaver Family [sold, Sotheby's, London, July 9, 2008, lot 29, to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008.]

Tekeningen van Oude Meesters: De Verzameling Jacobus A. Klaver (1993)
  • Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), May 8 to July 25, 1993
Recent Acquisitions in Context (September 16 to December 14, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 16 to December 14, 2008
Drawing Life: The Dutch Visual Tradition (November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010
Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age (July 24 to October 28, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 24 to October 28, 2018

Sotheby's, New York. Old Master Drawings, January 16, 1985, lot 168, ill.

Schapelhouman, Marijn and Peter Schatborn. Tekeningen van oude meesters: De verzameling Jacobus A. Klaver (Zwolle: Waanders Uitgevers, 1993), pp. 190-91, no. 89, ill.

Sotheby's, London. Old Master Drawings. July 9, 2008, pp. 56-57, lot 29, ill.